bande annonce

Buffon, Nature's Thinker


2007, France
Original language
Running time
history of science, eminent scientists
Directed by
Philippe Tourancheau
Written by
Philippe Tourancheau / Frédérique Ungarelli
Produced by
Gédéon programmes
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Mathematician, botanist, naturalist, geologist, encyclopedist, industrialist, Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon was all this and much more. He left us a considerable heritage in every domain he tackled right up until his death at the age of 80.
His "Natural History", a genuine scientific encyclopedia, was a 18th-century bestseller. In his "Epochs of the Earth", Buffon set down an attempt at calculating the age of our planet which would hold up today in front of a contemporary group of geologists at odds with the Big Bang theory.

In celebration of Buffon's 300th birthday, this docu-drama offers an accurate yet humorous approach to the life of this man, an inconstestable figure of the Age of Enlightenment and one of the founders of modern science and research.


Selected at Pariscience 2008
See the showing : Sunday 12th October 2008 from 14h45 to 16h15