b. 2-26-1842; Montigny-le-Roi, Haute-Marne. France
d. 6-3-1925; Juvisy-sur-Orge
Astronomer Camille Flammarion was the author of more than fifty popular science, science fiction, and Spiritualism titles, as well as the publisher of the magazine L'Astronomie.
The first appearance of a illustrative woodcut that is known both as the Flammarion Woodcut and Universum was first published in 1888 (L'atmosphère : météorologie populaire p. 163).
Flammarion quote ~
• “This end of the world will occur without noise, without revolution, without cataclysm. Just as a tree loses leaves in the autumn wind, so the earth will see in succession the falling and perishing all its children, and in this eternal winter, which will envelop it from then on, she can no longer hope for either a new sun or a new spring. She will purge herself of the history of the worlds. The millions or billions of centuries that she had seen will be like a day. It will be only a detail completely insignificant in the whole of the universe. Presently the earth is only an invisible point among all the stars, because, at this distance, it is lost through its infinite smallness in the vicinity of the sun, which itself is by far only a small star. In the future, when the end of things will arrive on this earth, the event will then pass completely unperceived in the universe. The stars will continue to shine after the extinction of our sun, as they already shone before our existence. When there will no longer be on the the earth a sole concern to contemplate, the constellations will reign again in the noise as they reigned before the appearance of man on this tiny globule. There are stars whose light shone some millions of years before we arrived … The luminous rays that we receive actually then departed from their bosom before the time of the appearance of man on the earth. The universe is so immense that it appears immutable, and that the duration of a planet such as that of the earth is only a chapter, less than that, a phrase, less still, only a word of the universe’s history.” Le Fin du Monde (The End of the World)
• “It is by the scientific method alone that we may make progress in the search for truth. Religious belief must not take the place of impartial analysis. We must be constantly on our guard against illusions.”
• Flammarion Book Cover
• Omega: The Last Days of the World; Flammarion