Robespierre and Science
- I would very much like to know what Robespierre thought of Science.
Did he actively support research and development?
Was he close to any significant scientific personalities?
Was he anti-science?
Anyone with info or opinions, please reply.
- According to the biography by JM Thompson, he had some books on
mathematical subjects in his collection. He doesn't say what they were
though. As a young man, one of his most famous cases was
the "lightning rod" case, when he defended putting up a lightning
conductor against someone who thought it was a danger! In this, he
spoke out strongly in favour of "progress". The Committee of Public
Safety also did a lot to promote scientific endeavours during their
year of power, because they needed to modernise the country.
Just out of interest, the word "Science" was not used in its modern
sense until 1840. In those days it was called "natural philosophy",
and being "for" or "against" it wasn't really an issue - it was just
another way of finding things out.
Hope this helps.
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> I would very much like to know what Robespierre thought of Science.
> Did he actively support research and development?
> Was he close to any significant scientific personalities?
> Was he anti-science?
> Anyone with info or opinions, please reply.