Petit Point: A Candid Portrait on the Aberrations of Science is a charming book written by the French physicist Pierre-Gilles de Gennes containing short essays on some of the prominent scientists that he encountered in his career. For obvious reasons, their names have been replaced with pseudonyms.

I list the chapter names from the book: Mastoc, Vera, Lanterne, Leduc, Emmy, Breton, Smirnoff, Pluvieux, Beziers, Kuba, Vladimir, Aglae, Subtil, Chazot, Anchor, Croesus, Caesar, Guru, Dourakine, Saplir, Manfred, Robert, Polymorph, Revizor, Feston, Philostrate, Elise, Spiros, Akbar

The scientists I could identify: Caesar - Benoit Mandelbrot, Manfred - Brian Josephson, Subtil - Bernd Matthias, Chazot - Per Bak.

Other potential candidates: Robert - de Gennes himself, Emmy - Susan Coppersmith

Could someone identify the remaining names listed ? Thanks

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    $\begingroup$ How did you identify the others? $\endgroup$
    – Mauricio
    Sep 8, 2021 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ Some were obvious from their peculiar traits/life histories $\endgroup$
    – Frost
    Sep 8, 2021 at 18:37


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