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La Méridienne (1987)

by Denis Guedj

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Si Denis Guedj est surtout connu par le public pour son roman "le Théorème du perroquet", il ne faut pas oublier que c'est avant tout un docteur en histoire des sciences passionné et passionnant qui raconte dans ce roman une histoire de l'Histoire des sciences.
En 1792, deux astronomes français sont chargés par l'assemblée nationale d'effectuer la mesure du méridien entre Dunkerque et Barcelone afin d'en déduire la longueur exacte d'une mesure révolutionnaire (à double titre) qui deviendra La mesure : le mètre.
Denis Guedj, s'appuyant sur des faits historiques, a comblé les vides pour raconter l'aventure passionnante de deux hommes, au cœur de la révolution, a qui rien ne sera épargné et qui, à force de courage et d'abnégation, achèveront ce défi de mesurer un morceau de notre planète. ( )
  KersuFr | Nov 18, 2019 |
Le sujet est passionnant mais l'écriture est pesante ( )
  Ariane65 | Jul 18, 2009 |
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24 juin 1792. Les Tuileries portaient encore les traces de la marée humaine qui venait de les submerger ; des papier gras, de la crotte, des morceaux de chiffons, des parterres de fleurs piétinées...
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