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Download Léon Foucault's original publications or read them on-line

Remarks on Edmond Becquerel (1841)

  In the Journal des Artistes XVème année, t.2 No.20, pp.305-307:
   From Gallica

Donné & Foucault Atlas (1845)

   Can be downloaded from the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Médecine, Paris (PDF and page-by-page JPGs):
   Main history of medicine page.
   Calling web page.

Foucault's description of 'general physics' (1848)

   Appears as Treatises 7 & 8 in Instruction pour le peuple: Cent traités sur les connaissances les plus indispensables (columns 193-256). His friend Jules Regnauld wrote the concluding treatise on physics (Treatise 9):
   Internet Archive
   Google Book Search

Foucault's Thesis (1853)

   Can be downloaded from the Musée de la lunette, Morez (PDF, 7 Mbyte):
   Calling web page.
This copy was given by Foucault to Ildephonse Favé. Favé was later Napoléon III's aide-de-camp, and narrowly lost to Foucault in a membership election to the Académie des sciences in 1865.

Also available from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
   Calling page

from www.bibnum.education.fr
   Calling page

and from Google Book Search (PDF, 16 Mbyte). Poorer-quality digitization, plate not unfolded:
   Google calling page.
This copy belonged to the German physicist Georg Quincke (1834-1924).

Foucault's publications in the Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences

   Can be downloaded from Gallica at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (various formats):
   Main Gallica page.
   List of volumes calling page.

Foucault's newspaper articles in the Journal des Débats

   Can be downloaded from Gallica at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (various formats, low and high resolution):
   Main Gallica page.
   List of years calling page.

Notice sur les Travaux de M. Léon Foucault. Prepared to support his candidature for the Académie des sciences in 1863, with supplementary pages for his 1865 candidature.

   Can be downloaded from the Universities of Strasbourg Digitial Old Books (page-by-page JPGs in both low and high resolution):
   Cover page.

Posthumous Recueil des travaux scientifiques de Léon Foucault (1878)

   Can be downloaded from the Universities of Strasbourg Digitial Old Books (page-by-page JPGs in both low and high resolution):
   Volume 1.
   Volume 2 (Lissajous obituary and plates).
   Available page-by-page or as a single PDF (36 Mbyte) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
   Calling page
   May be downloadable as a single PDF file (17 Mbyte) from Google Book Search depending on your IP address (Google is operating a policy of restricted geographical availability). Otherwise only snippet views are accessible. Poorer-quality digitization:
   Google calling page
   also available without IP restriction via
   Internet Archive
  

 

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