# Mathematician:Antoine Gombaud

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## Mathematician

**Antoine Gombaud, Chevalier de Méré** was a French gambler, writer, philosopher and amateur mathematician best known for his work in probability theory.

## Nationality

French

## History

- Born: 1607, Poitou, France
- Died: December 29, 1684

## Theorems and Definitions

Results named for **Antoine Gombaud** can be found here.

## Publications

*L'honnête homme*(The Honest Man)*Discours de la vraie honnêteté*(Discourse on True Honesty)

## Critical View

The **Chevalier de Méré** was described by Blaise Pascal as having a very good mind but no mathematics.

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz described him as having a penetrating mind, and being a philosopher and a gambler.

## Sources

- 1937: Eric Temple Bell:
*Men of Mathematics*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text{V}$: "Greatness and Misery of Man"