La Fiction de l'Attraction Universelle. Revue Mensuelle de Sciences Physiques. Dissertation. Objections. Vulgarisation. No. 1 (January 1954) through No. 11 (August 1957) (all published)
A scarce complete run in 11 issues of the scientific and literary periodical, each issue 4 pp., issued by René Pradel as a place to record his revolutionary scientific hypotheses, with topics including the "fiction" of gravitational force, the gyroscope and Foucault's pendulum, gravity's relationship with nature, the phenomenon of the tippe top, vortices, and retrograde rotation. Illustrated throughout with diagrams and sketches. Considerable toning, especially along old crease lines; some small tears. Tabloid. Self-wrpps., housed in a cardboard portfolio. Paris 1954-1957. Pradel was originally a watchmaker from the town of Sarcelles, who wanted to abolish Newton's idea of gravitational force and convince the world of his new ideas. The ideas presented here are often radical and sometimes at odds with accepted scientific theory. Incredibly scarce; as of June 2016, WorldCat locates only a single holding at the Bibliothèque Nationale, and none in North America. (Inventory #: 48497)
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