Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Research article
16 Apr 2020
Research article |  | 16 Apr 2020

Beyond Perrault's experiments: repeatability, didactics and complexity

Stefano Barontini and Matteo Settura


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (07 Dec 2019) by Keith Beven
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (20 Jan 2020)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (22 Jan 2020) by Keith Beven
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (29 Jan 2020)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (06 Feb 2020) by Keith Beven
Short summary
More than 300 years after its first appearance, Perrault's De l'origine des fontaines provokes intriguing stimuli and suggestions. We discuss its epistemological relevance through the lens of the repeatability of the experiments, of the didactic aspects which arise for modern teaching of hydrology, and of the author's attitude in facing the complexity of the hydrological processes. The analysis shows that the birth of modern hydrology and the scientific revolution were closely entwined.