The adventures of a red ant: IX. IN BRAZIL – I FIND URBAIN

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It was not as difficult as I supposed. I had only to take the path of the cockroaches: they entered the night over the door, I went out the day there. Immediately I reached the leg of a sailor, who … Read More

Henri Poincaré, The evolution of laws (11)

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So far we have not seemed to worry about whether laws actually vary, but only if men can believe them to be variable. Are laws considered to exist outside the mind that creates or observes them immutable in themselves? Not … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: VIII. THE NIGHT MONSTERS – IN A TOOTHPICK

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Sugar was not lacking on the commercial port, because I took care not to waste my time on the military port: the balls, the cannons and the rest will always be a pitiful treat for the ants! So here I … Read More

Henri Poincaré, The evolution of laws (10)

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Thus there is not a single law that we can state with the certainty that it has always been true in the past with the same approximation as today, I will say more, with the certainty that we will never … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: VII. THE TERMITES – THE QUEEN

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The next morning I found myself in an old hotel in Rochefort, where the two brothers had returned. Wrapped in the tablecloths at night, I did not try to regiment myself: it would have been useless. I let myself be … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: VI. Resort – The Treasury

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If you asked me about my days, I would say that I let them pass in the middle of the most charming races in the woods, the moor and the surroundings. My slaves worked perfectly: our larvae were well cared, … Read More

Henri Poincaré, The evolution of laws (9)

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Let us return to our imaginary world and ask ourselves if its inhabitants could not, without renewing the history of the sleepers of Ephesus, perceive this evolution. No doubt, no matter how perfect the heat conductivity on their planet, it … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: V. DEATH OF MY BROTHER – I SAVE MYSELF

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For a few days our slaves, digging deep in the cellars of our anthill to enlarge them, had encountered a pile of bizarre matters. It was like a mass of thick tissue; if it had been made of silk, wool … Read More

Henri Poincaré, The evolution of laws (8)

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I suppose a world whose various parts possess a heat conductivity so perfect that they are constantly in equilibrium of temperature. The inhabitants of this world would have no idea of ​​what we call temperature difference; in their treatises on … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: IV. The cows of mother Anille

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So we like sugar, the confession is made! But our young students love him as much and more than us! It must be filled! In the absence of sugar, they need – this is more respectable – sweet and sweeten … Read More

Henri Poincaré, The evolution of laws (7)

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Let us now turn to another point of view. The laws that direct observation gives us are never more than results. Take for example the law of Mariotte. For most physicists, this is only a consequence of the kinetic theory … Read More

The adventures of a red ant: Interior details

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Alas! Alas! I realize that I drive from stranger to stranger and that, after explaining who we are, we, one of the great nations among the ants, I must now explain what is an expedition of cows. This explanation is … Read More

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