Antonio Cadeddu

Les vérités de la science
Pratique, récit, histoire: le cas Pasteur

2005, cm 17 x 24, xviii-282 pp.

ISBN: 9788822254641

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Most of the literature concerning Louis Pasteur is fundamentally hagiographic, distorted by myths and based on scientists’ uncritical accounts exalting his genius. Here, the author uses the method applied to the study of Claude Bernard by the historian Mirko Grmek: following a strictly evidence-based approach free of all pre-conceived notions he has subjected all of Pasteur’s works, manuscripts and correspondence to a minute re-examination, from which emerges a new image of this genius and his collaborators, especially the shy and reserved Emile Roux.

Antonio Cadeddu
Antonio Cadeddu insegna Storia del pensiero scientifico presso l’Università di Cagliari. E’ autore di numerosi saggi sulla storia delle scienze biomediche in Francia nel XIX secolo. Tra i lavori più recenti si segnalano: Dal mito alla storia. Biologia e medicina in Pasteur, Angeli, 1991†; Louis Pasteur. Scritti di microbiologia, Teknos, 1994; Materialismo e biologia in Francia durante il Secondo Impero, in A.Cadeddu (a cura di), Filosofia, scienza, storia. Studi in onore di Alberto Pala, Angeli, 1995; Aux origines de la vaccination pasteurienne: la rage, in A.- M. Moulin (a cura di), L’aventure de la vaccination, Fayard, 1996; Genesi di una teoria scientifica,CUEC, 1998; The heuristic function of “error” in the scientific methodology of L.Pasteur, “Physis”, 2000; Claude Bernard, Louis Pasteur e il metodo sperimentale, “Medicina e storia”, 2003.