Mr. Babinet se décidant à aller éteindre lui-même le soleil pour ne pas faire mentir sa prédiction.

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dc.contributor Donated by: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman, 1959.
dc.creator Daumier, Honoré, 1808-1879 2007-06-08T16:45:34Z 2007-06-08T16:45:34Z 1857
dc.identifier.other LD2939
dc.description 2nd state.
dc.description Published in: Le Charivari, April 15, 1857.
dc.description.abstract Mr. Babinet trying to put out the sun as he doesn't want to be a liar after he made the prediction that it would cease to shine. The return of the comet Charles-Quint was predicted for June 13, 1857. It was expected to hit the earth and the end of the world was foreseen. BABINET, Jacques (1794 – 1872) was a physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, member of the “Académie des sciences” from 1840. He was also an associate at the “Journal des Débats” and at the „Revue des Deux Mondes“ and became well known for his scientific contributions in the optical field. He was teaching mathematics and physics in various institutions and studied a number of interesting phenomena like the physics of the rainbow, the mass of Mercury, optical properties of minerals, causes for the meandering of rivers, to name just a few. Babinet was not only a brilliant scientist and inventor; he proved to be an extremely gifted orator who could fascinate his audience with his wit and intelligence. He became especially popular with a broad readership through his articles for the general public. Most likely for this reason, he became a subject for Daumier’s caricatures. It would be fascinating to know which topics Babinet published in the first half of 1857 to find out what triggered Daumier’s interest in him. Maybe he was also a believer in the coming of the comet. In a description of Arsène Houssaye about Babinet we read: “Le plus spiritual des savants et le plus savant des gens d’esprit.” (The most spiritual among scientists and the wisest among the great minds.) Can we assume that there was a side of Babinet tied to the spiritual world beyond the laws of physics? (F. Wempe, 2003).
dc.format.extent 24.5 x 28.5 cm
dc.format.extent b&w
dc.format.extent 1 lithograph
dc.format.mimetype image/jpeg
dc.publisher Paris, 1857
dc.relation.ispartof Actualités; 386
dc.relation.isreferencedby Delteil. Daumier, 2939
dc.rights Copyright restrictions may apply. For permission to copy or use this image, contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries.
dc.subject Astronomy
dc.subject.lcsh France -- History -- 1848-1870
dc.title Mr. Babinet se décidant à aller éteindre lui-même le soleil pour ne pas faire mentir sa prédiction.
dc.title.alternative Mr. Babinet decides to extinguish the sun himself so that his prediction will not have been a lie.
dc.title.alternative Charivari
dc.type still image
dc.rights.license The following credit line must be included with each item used: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman Collection of Honoré Daumier Lithographs, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Trustman, Benjamin A. Trustman, Julia M.
mods.note.acquisition Donated by: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman, 1959. Daumier, Honoré 1857
mods.note 2nd state.
mods.note Published in: Le Charivari, April 15, 1857.

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