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Posté le: Ven 28 Fév - 09:48 (2014) Sujet du message: Louis Augustin Cauchy - ultra mathematician
I feel terribly sorry that I still write almost only in English :-) But I don't trust Google Translate too much.
All in all, I would like to tell you (or - ask you!) about Louis Augustin Cauchy. I'm quite interested in mathematics and this mathematician was very fascinating. It is because he was not only great scholar and genius (and great renovator of mathematical analysis) - but also devout Catholic and ultra-royalist. He has even went into exile with Charles X after 1831 - and he was a private tutor of comte de Chamord, Henri V. In fact, young Henri wasn't interested in mathematics and he was rather bad pupil, arrogant and maybe impolite. But, he was just a young boy, of course. All in all, his behaviour didn't change political views of Cauchy. At the end of his life he still denied to make an oath of fidelity to the new authorities. And, when Napoleon III was ruling, Cauchy was exempted from this oath. Cauchy - and Arago. Both were great scholars and both had radical views - but Arago was republican and Cauchy legitimist.