Mechain et Delambre: (A Tale of Two French Mathematicians) Rebooted 25 September 2018 as (A Tale of Two French Mathematicians)

 

( Mechain et Delambre )

 

Under the aegis of science as deity

they sought to create

a new church and laity,

replacing local customary

ancient measures and weights

they did away with clocks

calendars and all of the dates;

Mechain et Delambre

set out on their stroll

to measure the distance

from Equator to Pole:

one ten-millionth

of the length of the Meridian

was supposed to establish

the Metre as quotidian:

1792 Revolution in the air

beset the journeys

of this empirical pair,

on their quest for

the measure of all things

so as to make uniform

the length of all strings.

4 thoughts on “Mechain et Delambre: (A Tale of Two French Mathematicians) Rebooted 25 September 2018 as (A Tale of Two French Mathematicians)

  1. Louis Kasatkin Post author

    Your comment is much appreciated.
    !8th,century Mathematicians isn’t the usual kind of poetry,but then again
    (he remarked self-effacingly)I’ve never been the usual kind of poet.

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  2. John Anthony Fingleton

    It is a very instructive poem Louis, many people (even inside France) are not aware that in that year there were two ….An abortive insurrection of June 20, 1792, was followed by a decisive one on Aug. 10….and the rest is history.

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  3. pramila khadun

    Informative and instructive, so richly clad is this marvellous poem dear Louis.Thanks for this jewel.

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