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Paul Langevin, my father

The man and his work

by André Langevin, Francis Duck (translation)
september 2022
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PAUL LANGEVIN (1872-1946) was a renowned French physicist, humanist, and educationalist.This biography by his son André, originally published in French in 1972 and here translated into English for the first time, is enhanced by numerous quotations from his friends, scientific and political colleagues, family and by Paul Langevin himself. Close to the Curies, Einstein, and Rutherford, this is a vivid account of a life lived at the core of physics turned upside down by the discovery of radioactivity and X-rays, by the theory of quanta, by relativity and by wave mechanics. Langevin himself was the originator of ultrasonics, a profound theorist of magnetism and of statistical mechanics and an evangelist for relativity. His utter commitment to rational science was equally applied to social justice. His life was deeply affected by both world wars and the political turmoil between them, during which he publicly opposed fascism and supported communist principles. In this personal, intimate account of his life, we find a generous, courageous, loving, brilliant human being. There is much in his understanding of humanity and the resolution of conflicts that remains relevant today.

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Preface to the English edition . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Paul Langevin’s origins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

From Cambridge to the Collège de France . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 37

War in 1914 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Between the two world wars: scholar and activist . . .. . . . . . . . . . 75

Anti-fascist leader: educationalist: philosopher . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Paul Langevin, symbol of the resistance . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 139

After the liberation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

Testimonials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Appendix . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

 

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Language(s): English

Audience(s): General pubic, Extended public

Publisher: EDP Sciences

Collection: Sciences & Histoire / Sciences & History

Published: 8 september 2022

EAN13 (hardcopy): 9782759827824

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759827831

Interior: Black & white

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 248

Size: 14 Mo (PDF)