Thirty years in France

Having recently seen a wonderful exhibition of paintings by Claude Monet, I’ve been reflecting on some of the dramatic events of his lifetime, especially 1889–1918. Both art and science were going through some radical changes:

  • 1908: Claude Monet paints “The Grand Canal, Venice”
  • 1909: Jean Perrin publishes “Mouvement brownien et réalité moléculaire,” proving that atoms really exist
  • 1910: Claude Debussy completes first book of piano preludes
  • 1911: Louis Breguet founds an aircraft company
  • 1914–1918: World War I

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