from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Foucault, Jean Bernard Léon 1819-1868. French physicist who estimated the speed of light and determined that it travels more slowly in water than in air (1850). He also employed a pendulum to prove the rotation of the earth (1851) and invented the gyroscope (1852).
  • Foucault, Michel 1926-1984. French philosopher and historian who explored the role played by power in shaping knowledge. His works include Madness and Civilization (1961) and the multi-volume History of Sexuality (1976-1986).

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  • proper n. Michel Foucault

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  • n. French physicist who determined the speed of light and showed that it travels slower in water than in air; invented the Foucault pendulum and the gyroscope (1819-1868)


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