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    Alexis Claude Clairaut. Autograph Letter Signed. [Paris?]; May 6, 1741.


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    "Clairaut." Two pages, in French, 6.5" x 8.25". Clairaut, in a "Rapport" to an unnamed correspondent at "l'Academie," presumably the French Academy of Science, states that he examined "un Memoire intitulé Methode d'approcher geometriquement et en Sens directement contraire d'un point qui donneroit la quadrature du Cercle" [a Memory entitled Method of approaching geometrically and in sense directly opposite of a point which would give the squaring of the Circle] by a Mr. Bedau. In his report of the Bedau's paper on geometric concepts relating to circles, Clairaut credits the author with some originality of thought but is not overly impressed by his propositions. Alexis Claude Clairaut (1713-1765) was a French mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist. He was a prominent Newtonian whose work helped to establish the validity of the principles and results that Sir Isaac Newton had outlined in the Principia of 1687. In mathematics he is also credited with Clairaut's equation and Clairaut's relation. He was elected to the French Academy of Science in 1731, the Royal Society of London in 1737, as well as several other scientific organizations.

    Condition: Document has a slight tear at the bottom left; otherwise good.



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