UPMC's scientific digital library

19th century theses of the Paris Faculty of Science

The BUPMC is heir to the Paris Faculty of science thesis collection, previously hosted at the Sorbonne.

A scientific committee has selected historical theses on various subjects (mathematics, astronomy, physics; mechanics, chemistry, life and earth sciences).

The oldest these available on the site dates back to 1811. The collection gathers texts by important authors (such as D'Orbigny, Becquerel, Pasteur, Poincaré, Quatrefages… etc) and the subjects dealt with bear witness to the evolution of scientific questioning in the XIXth century.

The content of theses has varied in the course of time. Before 1840 they might consist only in a few pages on two subjects (main and complementary theses) as only the positions or "programs" of the oral argumentation were recorded.

From 1840 onwards, theses were printed integrally, hence documents reaching up to several hundred pages.

This digital collection respects the original presentation of theses, by associating inside the same document main and complementary theses when they were published together, or by dissociating them in two documents if there were originally two separate title pages.