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Are we living on a tangerine or a melon?  Franco-English quarrel over the shape of the earth

Are we living on a tangerine or a melon? Franco-English quarrel over the shape of the earth

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This week, Weather Interested in these fascinating people who have devoted their lives (sometimes) or their creativity (always) to measuring our spherical shape.

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London and Paris are like cats and dogs, Oxford vs Cambridge: we fight, make up and start again. The old military rivalry across the Channel ceased with Napoleon’s definitive exile. In the world of education, competition began to brew from the creation of the first learning communities.

Across the Channel, first, with the Royal Society (1660) – true to the adage, the Englishman must shoot first. Then to Paris, six years later Colbert founded the Royal Academy of Sciences. He wants to map the kingdom of Louis XIV with some intent. Challenge Albion in the world’s oceans…

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