ISCR/IPR conference - Edouard LAUNET

The day an atomic bomb fell on Brittany: the Arcouest group

Edouard Launet is a French writer and journalist.

After working as an engineer, Édouard Launet becomes a scientific journalist. He then collaborates with the Culture service of Liberation and with its notebook "Livres" where he is in charge of the chronicle "On achève bien d'imprimer".

He is co-founder of the online cultural magazine "Délibéré".

His conference entitled "The day an atomic bomb fell on Brittany: the Arcouest group" will take place on Thursday April 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Daniel Grandjean amphitheater in building 10B.


At the beginning of the last century, Parisian academics take their summer quarters on the Arcouest peninsula, a pretty corner of Brittany near Paimpol. They fish there, swim, sail as a family. The rest of the year, they carry out political and scientific battles: Dreyfusism, pacifism, rationalism, anti-fascism… and atomic research. In the Arcouest group, also nicknamed "Sorbonne Plage", four Nobel Prizewinners - Marie Curie, Jean Perrin, Frédéric and Irène Joliot-Curie - will be on the verge of proving that tremendous energy can be extracted from the infinite small to be put at the service of humanity. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will crush the dream of these idealists as well as our boundless faith in science.


Mathieu Pasturel (3 58 61) - mathieu [dot] pasturelatuniv-rennes1 [dot] fr