Françoise Balibar

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Françoise Balibar
Françoise Dumesnil

1941 (age 77–78)
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure
OccupationPhysicist, epistemologist
Spouse(s)Étienne Balibar
ChildrenJeanne Balibar

Françoise Balibar (born Françoise Dumesnil; 1941) is a French physicist and science historian, a professor emeritus at Paris Diderot University.[1] She has extensively published works on Albert Einstein, the theory of relativity, the history and epistemology of physics.


Françoise Balibar studied at École Normale Supérieure from 1960 to 1964.[2] She has written numerous articles in national and international journals and led the CNRS team in charge of six volumes of the French edition of Einstein’s selected works.[1] She is also the author of several books, including The Science of Crystals and Einstein: Decoding the Universe.

She is the wife of the philosopher Étienne Balibar and the mother of the actress Jeanne Balibar. She has appeared in two films: Mange ta soupe [fr] in 1997 and Modern Life in 2000.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Co-author with Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Quantics: Rudiments of Quantum Physics, North-Holland, 1990
  • Co-author with Jean-Pierre Maury, How Things Fly, Barron's Educational Series, 1990
  • The Science of Crystals, McGraw-Hill Companies, 1992
  • Einstein : La joie de la pensée, collection « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 193), série Sciences et techniques. Éditions Gallimard, 1993 (new edition in 2011)[4]
    • US edition – Einstein: Decoding the Universe, “Abrams Discoveries” series. Harry N. Abrams, 2001
    • UK edition – Einstein: Decoding the Universe, ‘New Horizons’ series. Thames & Hudson, 2005
  • Marie Curie : Femme savante ou Sainte Vierge de la science ?, collection « Découvertes Gallimard » (nº 497), série Sciences et techniques. Éditions Gallimard, 2006


  1. ^ a b "Françoise Balibar". France Culture (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  2. ^ "Françoise Balibar (Babelio)". (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ "Françoise Balibar, Actress". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. ^ "Einstein : La joie de la pensée, collection Découvertes Gallimard (n° 193)" (in French). Éditions Gallimard. Retrieved 2018-02-08.