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As the scientist D'Alembert nears the end of his life, he looks back on his friendships with Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Denis Diderot and mourns his unrequited love for a woman who spent years deceiving him. At the same time, an exiled Jacobite dreams of journeying to the planets, and in a prison cell two unlikely captives discuss love, language, and fate. Meticulously crafted, D'Alembert's Principle is a fascinating historical triptych about memory, reason, and imagination set in the rich and lavish world of eighteenth-century Europe.
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Three novellas of ideas. One is on an 18th century French mathematician who is seeking a scientific rationale for a past romantic predicament, his infatuation with a society woman who spent years deceiving him. By a Scottish writer, author of Pfitz.
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