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An Old Approach to a Revolutionary Regime

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Science  30 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5744, pp. 2168-2169
DOI: 10.1126/science.1115766

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Science and Polity in France. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Years. By Charles Coulston Gillispie. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2004. 763 pp. $80, £52.95. ISBN 0-691-11541-9.

In this sequel to his earlier book on science in France at the end of the old regime, the author offers a densely documented account of scientific institutions, personalities, and developments in France between the 1770s and 1820s.