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A positive weakness A French geophysicist sees the power of fragility in nature­– and in us

Xavier Le Pichon is a world-renowned geophysicist who helped create the field of plate tectonics—discovering that the earth’s outer crust is made up of plates of rock that continuously shift all over the globe. In Iceland’s Rift Valley (above) two major plates can be observed drifting apart. Le Pichon is a professor emeritus at the Collège de France in Aix-en-Provence. While developing his scientific theories, he lived with his wife and six children in the original community of L’Arche in Trosly Breuil. L’Arche brings together adults with intellectual disabilities and young adult volunteers known as assistants. Le Pichon makes fascinating observations about the value of fragility—whether in the earth’s rock or in people and communities.

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Profile for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Bloom - Winter 2013  

BLOOM magazine is dedicated to parenting children with disabilities. It is put out by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Bloom - Winter 2013  

BLOOM magazine is dedicated to parenting children with disabilities. It is put out by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

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