d'Alembert, Jean Le Rond

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Born: Nov 16, 1717 AD
Died: 1783 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Mathematicians, Philosophers, Physicists


1717 - Born in Paris, on the 16th of November, d'Alembert was the illegitimate child of the writer Claudine Guérin de Tencin and the chevalier Louis-Camus Destouches, an artillery officer.

 

1739 - At the age of twelve he entered the jansenist Collège des Quatre-Nations.

 

1735 - Graduated bachelier in philosophy, law, and the arts at jansenist Collège des Quatre-Nations.

 

1783 - He entered law school for two years, and was nominated avocat.

 

1739 - His first contribution to the field of mathematics, pointing out the errors he had detected in L'analyse démontrée.

 

1740 - Submitted his second scientific work from the field of fluid mechanics Memoire sur le refraction des corps solides.

 

1745 - D'Alembert was engaged as co-editor for mathematics and science with Diderot.

 

1740 - He entered the Académie des sciences.

 

1741 - Joined the Académie de Berlin at 28.

 

1754 - Elected as member of the Académie française.

 

1772 - Became Permanent Secretary of Académie française on 9th of April.

 

1738 - He died of a bladder illness on the 29th of October and was in a common unmarked grave.

 

In France, the fundamental theorem of algebra is known as the d'Alembert/Gauss theorem.

 

He created his ratio test, a test to see if a series converges.

 

 

 

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