Mathematician:Alexis Claude Clairaut

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Mathematician

French mathematician, astronomer and geophysicist. Worked out the shape of the Earth.

Best known in mathematics for Clairaut's (differential) equation.


Nationality

French


History

  • Born: 7 May 1713, Paris, France
  • Died: 17 May 1765, Paris, France


Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Alexis Claude Clairaut can be found here.


Publications

  • 1726: Quatre Problèmes sur de Nouvelles Courbes (at age 13)
  • 1731: Recherches sur les Courbes a Double Courbure
  • 1733: Sur Quelques Questions de Maximis et Minimis
  • 1741: Elements de Géometrie
  • 1743: Théorie de la Figure de la Terre, Tirée des Principes de l'Hydrostatique
  • 1749: Elements d'Algèbre (used for teaching in French schools for many years)
  • 1752: Théorie de la Lune


Also known as

Sometimes reported as de Clairault.


Sources