Jean Ber·nard Lé·on [zhahnber-narley-awn], /ʒɑ̃ bɛrˈnar leɪˈɔ̃/, 1819–68, French physicist.
Michel [mee-shel], /miˈʃɛl/, 1926–84, French philosopher.
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How to use Foucault in a sentence
I think the first example of that is in 1979 Foucault supporting the Iranian revolution.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline | Michael Moynihan | November 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Foucault and Freud (and maybe Margaret Mead) should both be consulted on the complex sexual dynamics at play here.
You remember Foucault—who was one of the best thinkers of his generation—he supported Ayatollah Khomeini!The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa | Michael Moynihan | October 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In France, a whole constellation of (relatively) young thinkers are transforming it: Foucault, Althusser, Deleuze, etc.Derrida’s ‘Of Grammatology’ and the Birth of Deconstruction | Benoît Peeters | December 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Barthes, Derrida, Foucault and Lacan were starting to develop the ideas that would revolutionize the humanities.Must Reads: Kennedy, Sontag and Paris, ‘A Partial History of Lost Causes,’ ‘City of Bohane,’ ‘Flatscreen’ | Lauren Elkin, Mythili Rao, Drew Toal, Nicholas Mancusi | April 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wheatstone's device of the revolving mirror was afterwards employed by Foucault and Fizeau to measure the velocity of light.Heroes of the Telegraph | J. Munro
The most convenient test is that of Foucault, a simple appliance for the purpose being shown in the figure .On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall
It is well,” replied a great grey tom, whom Jean took to be the leader; “pass on, Jean Foucault.Legends & Romances of Brittany | Lewis Spence
The velocity of light was experimentally found, in 1862, by Fizeau and Foucault, each using an independent method.History of Astronomy | George Forbes
Even the arc-light that Foucault produced in 1844 was not utilized then.Invention | Bradley A. Fiske
British Dictionary definitions for Foucault
Jean Bernard Léon (ʒɑ̃ bɛrnar leɔ̃). 1819–68, French physicist. He determined the velocity of light and proved that light travels more slowly in water than in air (1850). He demonstrated by means of the pendulum named after him the rotation of the earth on its axis (1851) and invented the gyroscope (1852)
Michel . 1926–84, French philosopher and historian of ideas. His publications include Histoire de la folie (1961) and Les Mots et les choses (1966)
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Scientific definitions for Foucault
French physicist who determined that light travels more slowly in water than in air, confirming predictions made by the wave theory of light. In 1850 Foucault also measured the absolute velocity of light. In 1851, by using a type of pendulum that is now named after him, Foucault demonstrated the rotation of the Earth, and in 1852 perfected a gyroscope for the same purpose.
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