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List of Illustrations vi Acknowledgments vii List of Abbreviations viii A Note on Translations ix 1. Portrait of a Man of Science 2. From Saint-Malo to Paris 16 3. Mathematics and Mechanics in the Paris Academy of Sciences 35 4. The Expedition to Lapland 88 5. The Polemical Aftermath of the Lapland Expedition 130 6. Beyond Newton and on to Berlin 173 7. Toward a Science of Living Things 199 8. The Berlin Academy of Sciences 231 9. Teleology, Cosmology, and Least Action 270 10. Heredity and Materialism 310 11. The Final Years 349 Bibliography 371 Index 393 Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Maupertuis, 1698-1759, Scientists France Biography