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La asombrosa historia del coronel Chabert, un héroe de las campañas napoleónicas a quien se dio equivocadamente por muerto, acompañada de tres relatos magistrales.

El coronel Chabert (1832) es una sobrecogedora novela breve que retrata una sociedad donde l. a. justicia y el honor han perdido su significado. Chabert, héroe de las campañas napoleónicas, es dado por muerto en los angeles batalla de Eylau y arrojado a una fosa. No obstante, el coronel recobra el conocimiento y consigue salir de los angeles tumba. Como si fuera un espectro, regresa a París para reclamar una identidad que nadie le reconoce. Y menos aún su esposa.

Completan el volumen tres cuentos magistrales: «El verdugo», un macabro episodio de lealtad everyday ambientado en España durante los angeles guerra de los angeles Independencia; «El elixir de larga vida», una alucinada versión del mito de Don Juan, y «La obra maestra desconocida», que relata los intentos de un pintor por reproducir l. a. esencia de una mujer.

Esta edición, que se presenta en impecable traducción de Mercedes López-Ballesteros, se complementa con una cronología y también con un bello ensayo de Paul Bourget, escritor y académico que retrató con acierto al Balzac de las distancias cortas.

«Me vi repentinamente aquejado de una dolencia, el asco por l. a. humanidad.»

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All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 40 Benjamin Wardhaugh Thus one function of these accounts could be to present ideas about the nature of mathematics in an accessible fashion: mathematical history could be made to express the view that mathematics was godly, that it was a mark of virtue, or that it was simply a mark of one’s common humanity. Readers Another function of these histories was apparently to engage and to enthuse the intended readers of the works – often arithmetic primers – in which they appeared.

Lang. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 5 Like Hutton, Malcolm (1685–1763, ‘Teacher of the Mathematicks at Aberdeen’) was willing to speculate on the very earliest rise of arithmetic in human societies, and like Hutton he seems to have found it dif ficult to conceive of a society worthy of the name that lacked it altogether. And he shared with Hutton the belief that ‘commerce’ was the key driver of the first rise of arithmetic. The Phœnicians make an appearance here: But where, and by whom, Arithmetick received its first Form of an Art or Science, we know little about it.

P. Lang. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 16 Despite this agreement, however, there was dif ference of opinion over how Newton reached his mastery, ref lecting then-current debates over the nature of scientific genius, ideas about the role of mathematics, and the desire to reveal or hide Newton’s debt to others. In many biographies there was a tendency to underscore Newton’s remarkable abilities by suggesting that they were largely innate or selftaught, and that he could achieve great feats with remarkable ease.

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