As I was crossing Broglie, in Normandy, one day, I saw to my left the castle that dominated the village, and I thought of the most famous de Broglie, Louis, one of the great pioneers of quantum physics. I don’t know if he grew up there, but, as a great reader of “Spirou et Fantasio,” I recalled the character of the Count of Champignac, the learned mycologist, and with him this strange habit that binds us, and for us. The misfortune of Lavoisier, aristocrats and scientists.
We remember Lagrange’s sentence, the day after Lavoisier was beheaded, according to which it only takes a moment for this head to fall, while a hundred years will not succeed in reproducing something like it. Another theory about habitus: to become a great scientist, you need a big family and a great castle. Genius scientists are like rare flowers that only grow under the thirties
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