Talk:Siméon Denis Poisson

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Thoughts[edit]

Nice page tho a writer has used the verb "procured" twice. It's archaic for this usage in English but I think somebody other than me can make a nicer sentence structure.BillO'Slatter 02:16, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

Non-objective tone of "Flawed Views" Section[edit]

This section has some fascinating information about the historical scientific debate on fundamental physical processes in 19th Century France. However, the tone of the article is a bit cheesy, and oversimplified. It doesn't read like an encyclopedia entry. Especially the repeated use of the phrase "Poisson's hubris." The content is great, but consider making the tone more dispassionate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yaanikdesai (talkcontribs) 22:04, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

I added a bias flag on it. I think the whole section should be deleted or at least completely rewritten. It sounds like someone came back from the dead to debate light theory from the 19th century or earlier. Not sure why it sounds so biased given the duality theory. I also noticed that the account that originally added the content was banned from Wikipedia for abuse of terms. So not sure if was related specifically to these changes or something completely unrelated but I don't think the original author of the section intended to be impartial in his or her writing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 206.169.197.164 (talk) 00:42, 24 February 2015 (UTC)


The introduction begins with "Siméon-Denis Poisson", but the article is currently at "Siméon Denis Poisson". Which is correct? It seems like the former must be wrong, as the latter is used in the French article, and even for the Fédération Denis Poisson. —DIV (128.250.80.15 (talk) 03:56, 19 January 2009 (UTC))

There is enough evidence to take issue with the above conclusion. Both hyphenated and non-hyphenated forms are found in published works, although we must be careful to ignore the English translations. Therefore, as in all such questions we need to find out how Poisson himself wrote his own name.

1) http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k90338b/f7.image.r=poisson.langEN Traité de mécanique,. Tome 2; 1811, Courcier GO SUCK A DICK AND A TRUK'Bold text'--71.41.78.138 (talk) 13:11, 10 May 2016 (UTC)--71.41.78.138 (talk) 13:11, 10 May 2016 (UTC) Title page shows "S. D. Poisson".

2) http://books.google.com/books?id=tzQAAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Nouvelle théorie de l'action capillaire; 1831, Bachelier Title page shows "S. D. Poisson".

3) http://books.google.com/books?id=hOM2AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Traité de mécanique, Volume 1, 1833, Bachelier Title page shows "S. D. Poisson".

4) http://books.google.com/books?id=uvc_AAAAYAAJ&pg=PP7&dq=Sim%C3%A9on+Denis+Poisson&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false Théorie mathématique de la chaleur; 1835 Bachelier Title page shows "S. D. Poisson".

5) http://books.google.com/books?id=s3YAAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Sim%C3%A9on+Denis+Poisson&hl=en&ei=dGCPTafZKYmusAO71dyXCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false Recherches sur la probabilité des jugements en matière criminelle et en ...; 1837, Bachelier Title page shows "S.-D. Poisson"

6) http://books.google.com/books?id=7g9CqgvfCmEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Sim%C3%A9on+Denis+Poisson&hl=en&ei=dGCPTafZKYmusAO71dyXCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q&f=false Formules relatives aux effects du tir sur les différentes parties de l'affut; 1838, Bachelier Title page shows "S.-D. Poisson"

7) http://books.google.com/books?id=mGw_AAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Recherches sur le mouvement des projectiles dans l'air, en ayant égard à ...; 1839, Bachelier Title page shows "S.-D. Poisson".

Therefore, based on the limited breadth of data presented above, it would appear that the non-hyphenated form is older. Poisson's principal publisher, Bachelier, started out without a hyphen, and in 1838, started using the hyphenated form. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.176.184.100 (talk) 20:28, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Poisson's views on the nature of light are not what he's known for, so the lead paragraph is quite misleading[edit]

The lead paragraph of this article highlights Poisson's mistaken opposition to the wave theory of light: he also was the final leading opponent of the wave theory of light and was proven wrong on that matter by Augustin-Jean Fresnel.

That's not at all what Poisson is notable for, any more than Einstein or von Braun are most notable for their womanizing.

The Poisson name is all over mathematics, physics, and probability and none of it is because of his mistakes about Fresnel.

That may bear mention, of course, as scientists certainly are wrong sometimes.

But it should not be in the lead paragraph --- especially a lead paragraph consisting of only two sentences --- unless it is truly what he is known for.

Son of eugene (talk) 06:47, 17 October 2016 (UTC)