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During our many sojourns in France, my wife and I chanced to meet descendants of two distinguished families, the Carnots and the Montgolfiers. Lazare Carnot has been known to historians only as the ‘‘Organizer of Victory’’ during the revolutionary wars. So he was, but he spent only six years in government during a long life, most of which was occupied with highly original work, not fully appreciated at the time, in mathematics and physics. Learning of my interest in that aspect of his life, current members of the family arranged for me to spend a summer going through Carnot’s papers, which no one had ever seen, in the house in Burgundy where he was born.

P. Youschkevitch of the Soviet Academy of Sciences contributed a chapter. That was another lucky break. He was the only other historian of science who had ever taken an interest in Carnot. In the midst of a discussion about Russian collaboration in the DSB, I mentioned a hint in papers I had seen that Carnot had submitted an early draft of his book on the foundations of the calculus to a prize competition set by the Prussian Academy of Sciences. On his way back to Moscow he searched its archives in East Berlin, found it, and contributed a chapter analyzing Carnot’s approach.

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