THIS YEAR MARKS the 50th anniversary of the death of Pierre Duhem, one of France's greatest intellects. His work encompasses thermodynamics, physical chemistry, hydrodynamics, elasticity, electricity and magnetism as well as the history and philosophy of science. In his 32 years of scientific activity, he published without collaborators more than 350 papers and 21 books for which a nearly complete bibliography exists. (Some of the work is in many volumes, some in several editions, and some in translation.) His work in the philosophy of science has received continuing attention. His work in the history of science in the middle ages is well known to historians of science.

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