Fontenelle takes major risks

Although we didn’t talk much about Fontenelle, I found it very interesting how different his views were compared to other scientists of his time period. Most scientists never used their scientific research/knowledge to go against the Bible or the church, but Fontenelle did. “The progressive and anitreligious implications that writers such as Fontenelle drew from the scientific revolution…..” (McKay pg. 599) Also instead of writing encylopedias or textbooks like other scientists, he wrote stories to explain different scientific concepts. His goal was to make science more, “witty and entertaining,” (McKay pg. 598) His most popular book was called Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, which was published in 1686. Instead of just listing and explaining scientific theories, his book was about two grand people walking in a park, and start talking about astronomy. He even points out in his book “how error is giving way to truth” (McKay pg. 598) By making science more entertaining he thought he could reach a more nonscientific audience.

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One Response to Fontenelle takes major risks

  1. Dr. K says:

    I’d love to hear you say more. Why did you find it so interesting? Is his position surprising?

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