Eloge: Desiderio Papp, 21 May January Author(s): Alfredo G. Kohn in La laurea ad honorem in fisica dell’Universita degli Studi di Padova, the Panorama ge- neral de la historia de la cienca (General Panorama of the. DESIDERIO PAPP. Historia de la fisica: Desde la antigiiedad hasta los umbrales del siglo XX. Second edition. pp.,. 30 figs., 28 portraits. Madrid: Espasa-. Ein Buch über die Bewohner anderer Welten by Desiderio Papp(Book) 18 editions Einstein: historia de un espíritu by Desiderio Papp(Book) 14 editions .

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We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. Stillman was certainly not indif- ferent to honors, but he was always much more interested in talking about his latest thoughts on Galileo’s mechanics. His influence on those who knew him extended far beyond his work. One of us was Stillman’s colleague for nearly two decades; the other was in constant cor- respondence with him. Both of us were strongly influenced by him.

We well recall the anecdotes he would bring to bear on nearly anything, drawing, for example, illuminating comparisons between talented auto mechan- ics and scientific acumen. Some of his opin- ions were idiosyncratic. He had little patience with the abstractions of quantum physics or modem cosmology. He most deeply admired Hertz and Einstein, whom he thought of as having sought to fulfill Galileo’s and his own goal of a physics without “spooky” Still- man’s word things like forces.

Much of twentieth-century physics, he believed, rep- resented a decline, and not merely a technical one, for he did not like the scale of modem science, its cost, and its arrogant claims to know what he regarded as simply unknow- able.

For Stillman true science was about sesiderio world of the skilled craftsman, who knows exactly what to do histpria produce precisely the right effect and then knows just how to mea- sure it. Even more than the craftsman’s, his way of thinking about science was often that of an engineer, who knows the stresses on towers of brick or the turbulence in basins of water and who can work out, for example, what effect the rotation of the earth may have on them.


On these very criteria, he made judgments about past science, judgments grounded in his deep desiiderio of, partic- ularly, mechanics, from antiquity through the seventeenth century.

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Though it is no longer a la mode to think one past work better than another, Stillman’s great strength as a scholar derived precisely from his devotion to quality and to truth, as he saw it, and to his refusal to cater to modem not to say postmodern tastes in such matters. One may quarrel with one or another analysis or reconstruction, all of them quintessentially Stillman, even when he changed his mind. Nevertheless, Stillman Drake’s Galileo will continue to engage, to instruct, and to inspire long after lesser cre- ations have been forgotten.

There is a complete bibliography of Still- man Drake’s publications in Nature, Exper- iment, and the Sciences, edited by T. Le- vere and W. He was a distin- guished historian of science, a former pro- fessor of the subject at the University of Buenos Aires and at other universities in Latin America. Despite his great age he was al- most ninety-eight when he diedhe was lu- cid and working until just before his death.

Papp was born in Sopron, Hungary, on 21 May and received his Ph. He began his academic career as a Privatdozent at the Budapest and Vienna universities. While in Vienna he was a well-known popularizer of science, writing hundreds of newspaper ar- ticles.

At the same time he started publishing books in the history of science. Papp emigrated to France inwhere he continued this work and became well ac- quainted with French culture. He then emi- grated again, this time to Argentina, ihstoria in Buenos Aires in There he collaborated with Aldo Mieli and Jose Babini in producing the Panorama ge- neral de la historia de historai cienca General Panorama of the History of Sciencewhich was edited in twelve volumes.

Mieli wrote the first five volumes and Papp and Babini the last seven. This work was for many years the most important textbook in Fksica on the history of science. Papp was instrumental in developing pro- grams in the history of science in Latin America. In Argentina he taught at Buenos This content downloaded from He was also a professor at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay and held visiting professorships at the University of Mexico, the University of Venezuela, and the University of Paris.


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Residerio was also a member of many Latin American academies, institutions, and soci- eties. In he be- came a corresponding member of the Inter- national Academy of History of Science, in an effective member, and finally an honored member.

Papp’s written work is voluminous. Those interested in knowing more about his com- plete works should consult the bibliography that will be published as part of an obituary in the Mexican journal Quipu. But even this bibliography will probably be incomplete. Papp wrote more than thirty-six books and numerous articles, as well as giving frequent presentations at conventions. Works that stand out include his biographies of Einstein, Poin- care, Roentgen, Claude Bernard, Harvey, and Darwin; the desiderioo produced with Mieli and Babini; Ideas revolucionarias en la ciencia fifteen hundred pages in three volumes, pub- lished by the University of Chile, Santiago ; his history of physics and chemistry; and his introduction to the general history of science that formed part of the great Complete His- tory of Medicine, edited by Pedro Lain En- tralgo.

Several of his books were translated into many languages, and some went to many printings. Papp had a vast knowledge as well as out- standing teaching skills. hiatoria

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He attracted large audiences as a skillful speaker in French, Spanish, and German. Under his influence, and with the help of Julio Rey Pastor, Mieli, and Babini, the history of science became a subject of importance in the southem half of Latin America. These masters worked under very difficult conditions, and so they were not successful in creating great institutes as Sarton did in dseiderio United States. Nevertheless, they had tremendous influence. With Desiderio Papp’s death, scientific historiography loses one of its most erudite founders and leaders.

A Critique of Recent Interpretations [pp. Dobbs, 19 October March [pp. Stillman Drake, 24 December October [pp. Desiderio Papp, 21 May January [pp.