Lazare Carnot

May 2015
283
villa of Lucullus
I was wondering what people's thoughts are as to the legacy of Lazare Carnot. How do you rank him as a statesman, military strategist, mathematician, etc? For some reason he doesn't appear to get as much attention as some of his contemporaries.
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
4,988
Sydney
A great man , too honest to be a successful politician but a great organizer
he single handedly saved the Revolution and created the Armies one of his protege , Napoleon, would use
 
Apr 2019
20
On my horse.
That would be his son. He described the Carnot machine and cycle (basically the upshot to the first 2 laws of thermodynamics).
Father of the father is grandfather. More people remember his son's name than his.
Most interestingly Carnot proved the second law without even taking the First Law into account which in a way also shows the independence of each law.
 

Willempie

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Jul 2015
5,391
Netherlands
Father of the father is grandfather. More people remember his son's name than his.
I missed the double double father. :)
Most interestingly Carnot proved the second law without even taking the First Law into account which in a way also shows the independence of each law.
Yep, though he didn't really proof it, more of setting up the concept.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
4,988
Sydney
the Carnot cycle ,even work in reverse creating cold out of work expended
it one of the net theories which underline the industrial age
 
Sep 2019
184
Slovenia
Lazare Carnot was great military strategist. But he was accused as a traitor by Robespierre even if he voted for the death of king. His 'sin' was that he was employing also former nobles in the French army because of their skills and that he did not want to shoot all captured english soldiers as revolutionary governament ordered. If Robespierre and his associates would not fall at Thermidor that would be a finish for Carnot.
 

pugsville

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Oct 2010
9,495
Lazare Carnot was great military strategist. But he was accused as a traitor by Robespierre even if he voted for the death of king. His 'sin' was that he was employing also former nobles in the French army because of their skills and that he did not want to shoot all captured english soldiers as revolutionary governament ordered. If Robespierre and his associates would not fall at Thermidor that would be a finish for Carnot.
Got a source that Robesperirre called Carnot a traitor? They were friends (at leats at the start of the revolution) and served together on the committe of Public saftey. Was Carnot a supporter of the terror?
He certainly served on the committee while it was implemented.