Accéder directement au contenu Accéder directement à la navigation
Pré-publication, Document de travail

" I'm Just a Mathematician ": Why and How Mathematicians Collaborated with Military Ballisticians at Gâvre

Abstract : This article examines the way in which mathematicians were led to contribute to ballistic studies in France during World War I. It pays special attention to the French Navy's G^avre Experiments Commission rst established in 1829, where university professor Jules Haag, military engineer Maurice Garnier and high school teacher Os ee Marcus jointly developed a new method for computing ballistic trajectories (the so{called GHM method). It highlights the di culties and successes encountered by mathematicians when they approached this military culture that already was mathematically sophisticated. It reviews brie y the history of ballistics at G^avre before the First World War to understand the bitter feeling among artillerymen serving on the front about the inadequacies of their ballistic tables. In a nal part, the technical contributions made by mathematicians, their experimental practices, and their e ort for dissiminating their results are examined. This paper focuses on the role of several tensions between civilians and military science, betwen theory and experiment, between front and rear, etc. for undertanding the value of mathematicians' contributions to the war e ort.
Liste complète des métadonnées

Littérature citée [33 références]  Voir  Masquer  Télécharger
Contributeur : David Aubin <>
Soumis le : mardi 23 septembre 2014 - 09:11:05
Dernière modification le : vendredi 10 avril 2020 - 17:29:14
Document(s) archivé(s) le : mardi 11 avril 2017 - 10:22:37


Fichiers produits par l'(les) auteur(s)


  • HAL Id : hal-00639895, version 2


David Aubin. " I'm Just a Mathematician ": Why and How Mathematicians Collaborated with Military Ballisticians at Gâvre. 2010. ⟨hal-00639895v2⟩



Consultations de la notice


Téléchargements de fichiers