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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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.