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Statue of Buffon in the Jardin des Plantes


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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon is now not as well known as Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. But with his giant work of 36 volumes called "Histoire Naturelle", he put him in par with Voltaire and Rousseau as a leading thinker of his day. Scientist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon made his reputation with mathematics, held a position at the French Academy of Sciences and was put in charge of Louis XV's botanic gardens and later the royal collections of scientific objects.

Source: NewScientist, 8 October 2016, p. 40 & Wikipedia


Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France

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