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Science News Archive - November 11, 2003

Proponent of positivism and evolutionary thought Auguste Comte was born January 19, 1798, in the southern French city of Montpellier during the height of chaos and instability in France. He lived for fifty-nine years.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.