From the nimble fingers of lcs@... (lcs@...) (20/10/2001 6:12 PM) came... > Lavoisier it was in fact, the French chemist who (like > Sheele and Priestly) recognised oxygen as an atomic > chemical element. Robespierre wasn't bluffing; he really > did have Lavoisier beheaded, 4th in a wagonload of 28 -- > sometime in 1794. Cuvier, on the contrary, prospered > and became perpetual secretary of the Acad. Sci. in 1803. There's a lesson in there for anyone who has an inclination toward getting to the essential truth of something. > >> isn't it rather "l'etat n'a pas besoin de savants"? > > In "etat" the e is acute but accents often die in email, > so a majority of Frenchmen (real and adoptive) omit them > in email correspondence. ted, your Anglo-Canadian accent > must grate on -j's ears! I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that the accent is the least grating of my manifold failures. In my defense, I must point out that whatever French accent I possess was adopted from two sources: a mining town in the north of Canada, way back when, and RFI. The two but rarely intersect. -- Ted Spencer; ted@... -- Schrödinger's Cat is 66 this year. Or not.