LÃ©on Foucault (1819â€“1868)
|Born||18 September 1819
Paris, Kingdom of France
|Died||11 February 1868
Paris, Second French Empire
|Alma mater||University of Paris|
|Known for||Foucault pendulum, eddy currents|
|Notable awards||Copley Medal (1855)|
The phenomenon develops calmly, but it is invisible, unstoppable. One feels, one sees it born and grow steadily; and it is not in one's power to either hasten or slow it down.
Any person, brought into the presence of this fact, stops for a few moments and remains pensive and silent; and then generally leaves, carrying with him forever a sharper, keener sense of our incessant motion through space.