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After a doctorate in Theoretical Physics at the université d’Orsay in 1965, he was successively in charge of research at CNRS, lecturer at the université de Nice, a professor at the Paris Diderot University, and at Nice, where he taught in the departments of physics, philosophy and communication.
He has published many articles on theoretical physics, mathematics and epistemology.
He founded and directs the journal "Alliage (culture, science, technique)", directs the collection "Science ouverte" at Seuil, and works more generally for the use of science in culture.
- "RFI : l'Etat doit donner l'exemple". Libération (in French). 29 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2011.