Rene Descartes, Philosophy. Blaise Pascal, Pressure and the first mechanical calculator.
Louis Pasteur, Germ theory and using weakened strains to make vaccines.
They did quite a bit, didn't they?
Artists, engineers, scientists, explorers.
Yet when I think of the French, I think of cooking.
Me too. Probably because I remember a good meal more fondly than my last series of inoculations.