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Why It Is Wrong To Be Right Too Early (Ces savants qui ont eu raison trop tôt)

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Original Language: French | 220 pp. | January 2013

2 Seas Represents: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English (North America) rights.

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the French can be funded by the Centre national du livre in Paris.

POPULAR SCIENCE

A Short and Surprising History of discoverers and  discoveries from da Vinci to the Present

When it comes to discoveries, being right too early or going against the established theories of the time has always been met with mere ridicule, condemnations, conspiracies and irony.

From the Renaissance to the present day, this book brings you a list of those who were wrong to be right too early:

Leonardo da Vinci (anatomy), Nicolas Copernicus (the earth revolves around the sun), Andreas Vesalius (dissection/anatomy), Bernard Palissy (ceramic), Francesco Redi (insects and the decomposition of corpses), Maupertuis (the principle of least action), Lamarck (biology), Ignaz Semmelweis (asepsis), Louis Pasteur (against spontaneous generation), Ernest Duchesne (antibiotics), Paul Kammerer (heredity), Charles Wilson (characterizes ions), Gregor Mendel (genetics), Alfred Wegener (continental drift), Svante August Arrhenius (global warming), Georges Lemaître (Big Bang), Fritz Zwicky (dark matter), Rachel Carson (ecology), Nikolai Vavilov (genetics).

These scientists have increased knowledge while going against religious and political powers, against a certain worldview. Both highly amusing and learned, this work simply gives some visibility to those who have fallen into the background or to those who, despite their reputation, had to fight for recognition of their discovery.

Laurent Lemire brings them into the limelight with verve and humor, and reallocates the paternity of the discoveries that we use every day.

  • Educational, full of fantasy and international examples, this book is accessible to a wide readership
  • Various periods seen through the lens of science, biology and sociology