Partner event: Fourier's hieroglyphs: those of Egypt, of politics and of mathematics
About this event:
ICMS is delighted to welcome speaker Jean Dhombres (École des hautes études en sciences sociales/ The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris) for this public lecture.
Fourier's life can be read like an adventure novel: the orphan at the age of 10 becomes a Benedictine monk who is freed by the Revolution in 1789, then an actor in the Terror in 1793, professor of Analysis at the Ecole polytechnique at the end of 1795 when he had not yet published anything, responsible for an exploration trip to Upper Egypt before 1800, then prefect of the Empire until 1814. His scientific life is no less contrasted, with a very serious involvement for three years from the end of 1804, when he had already reached the age of thirty-five.
Location: This event will be hosted both in-person at the Appleton Tower and online via Zoom.