11 June 2014


Raphaël Enthoven - Philosopher
Umberto Pelizzari - Free-diver
Eric Moussambani - Swimmer

Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 6.30 p.m. - Auditorium (level 0)

What role does time play in sport? Why does it arouse emotion, even passion? What makes athletes constantly want to challenge it? What is a record?

Three exceptional guests will be on hand to discuss the evening’s topics, each of whom has his own special relationship with time…

Raphaël Enthoven, a philosophy professor, helped to launch Philosophie Magazine, in which he has written a regular column since the first edition. His radio programme, Le Gai Savoir, is broadcast every Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. on France Culture. He is the author of numerous works, including La Philosophie - un jeu d’enfant, Kant, la tête dans les nuages and Le dictionnaire amoureux de Marcel Proust, which he co-wrote with his father.

Umberto Pelizzari holds several world free-diving records. His 7.9-litre lung capacity allows him to remain under water for almost eight minutes! Is yoga, which he uses as a preparation and concentration technique, the secret behind his ability to beat time?

Eric Moussambani made an international name for himself at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He swam the 100m freestyle in 1 minute 52.72 seconds, at a time when the world record stood at 47.84 seconds. But this result was still a personal best and a national record: before the Games, Eric had never swum 100 metres in one go! The media seized on the incongruity of this performance, whilst at the same time applauding his courage and determination, which were seen as symbols of the Olympic spirit.

Free entry - All ages welcome - Number of seats limited

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Reservation does not guarantee a seat in the Auditorium. If there is a large audience, the event will be shown live at various locations around the Museum. Seating will be on a first-come, first served basis.

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