Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

Feb 11, 1657 - Jan 9, 1757

Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, also called Bernard Le Bouyer de Fontenelle, was a French author and an influential member of three of the academies of the Institut de France, noted especially for his accessible treatment of scientific topics during the unfolding of the Age of Enlightenment.
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“A true philosopher is like an elephant; he never puts the second foot down until the first one is solidly in place.”

Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle
Feb 11, 1657 - Jan 9, 1757
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