Mathematician:Joseph Diez Gergonne

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French mathematician and logician, best known for founding and editing Annales de mathématiques pures et appliquées.




  • Born: 19 June 1771 in Nancy, France
  • 1816: Provided an elegant solution to the Problem of Apollonius
  • Died: 4 May 1859 in Montpellier, France

Theorems and Definitions


  • 1810: Founded Annales de mathématiques pures et appliquées
  • 1813: Methods of synthesis and analysis in mathematics (unpublished)
  • 1815: The application of the method of least squares to the interpolation of sequences
  • 1818: Essai sur la théorie des définitions ("An essay on the theory of definition")

Notable Quotes

It is not possible to feel satisfied at having said the last word about some theory as long as it cannot be explained in a few words to any passer-by encountered in the street.