Fontenelle


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Fontenelle

(French fɔ̃tənɛl)
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(Biography) Bernard le Bovier de (bɛrnar lə bɔvje də). 1657–1757, French philosopher. His writings include Digressions sur les anciens et les modernes (1688) and Éléments de la géométrie de l'infini (1727)
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Magnificent scenery Wind River Mountains Treasury of waters A stray horse An Indian trail Trout streams The Great Green River Valley An alarm A band of trappers Fontenelle, his information Sufferings of thirst Encampment on the Seeds-ke- dee Strategy of rival traders Fortification of the camp The Blackfeet Banditti of the mountains Their character and habits
Fontenelle, an experienced leader, or "partisan," as a chief of a party is called in the technical language of the trappers.
Fontenelle informed Captain Bonneville that he was on his way from the company's trading post on the Yellowstone to the yearly rendezvous, with reinforcements and supplies for their hunting and trading parties beyond the mountains; and that he expected to meet, by appointment, with a band of free trappers in that very neighborhood.
Fontenelle and his party had not fared much better; the chief part had managed to reach the river by nightfall, but were nearly knocked up by the exertion; the horses of others sank under them, and they were obliged to pass the night upon the road.
On the following morning, July 27th, Fontenelle moved his camp across the river; while Captain Bonneville proceeded some little distance below, where there was a small but fresh meadow yielding abundant pasturage.
During his brief, but social encampment, in company with Fontenelle, that experienced trapper had managed to win over a number of Delaware Indians whom the captain had brought with him, by offering them four hundred dollars each for the ensuing autumnal hunt.
Somewhat later another Frenchman, named Fontenelle, wrote `The Plurality of Worlds,' a chef-d'oeuvre of its time.
The mounts of Condamine and Fontenelle remained-- one on the right, the other on the left.
Shank's "Fontenelle's Calculus" nicely argues that the French writer and academician, more often associated with popularizations of knowledge than with historically significant developments in it, demands to be taken seriously as a contributor to what he calls the "Calculus Wars" in France.
However, the loss of defender Jamie Hood proved the turning point in the contest and Antony Fontenelle and James McCarthy capitalised on a couple of defensive blunders to earn Leighton the points.
Contents: Dominique Bertrand, "Introduction: A travers les nuits ([XVI.sup.e]-[XVII.sup.e] siecles)"; Jean-Claude Margolin, "Source et signification de la tenebre divine (caligo) d'apres Charles de Bovelles"; Dominique Descotes, "La nuit des mecanistes"; Sylvie Taussig, "Gassendi contre la metaphore: la nuit"; Christophe Martin, "Eclipses du soleil, lumieres de la raison: la nuit dans les Entretiens sur la pluralite des mondes de Fontenelle"; Daniel Menager, "Les berges et la nuit"; Daniela Mauri, "Le temps-espace de la nuit dans les romans de Beroalde de Verville"; Paule Rossetto, "La nuit apprivoisee dans l'Astree"; Pierre Grouix, "Visages du nocturne dans Voyage en Laponie de J.
3 and following) with figures he later repudiates: Socrates, Voltaire, and Fontenelle. Eventually, Nietzsche will develop a case of "the anxiety of influence" (p.