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1752 – Legendre – bio

1752 – Legendre – bio

Adrien-Marie Legendre was born in 1752 in Paris, France and was a mathematician. He studied ellipsoids, worked on elliptical functions and published papers on the integration of elliptical arcs, laying the groundwork for Jacobi and Abel. Legendre and Gauss independently developed the prime number theorem. He contributed to geometry by rewriting and simplifying Euclid’s “Elements”.

PRECURSOR:
-0325 – Euclid
-0276 – Eratoshenes
1707 – Euler

CONCURRENT:
1736 – Lagrange
1749 – Laplace
1765 – Ruffini
1777 – Gauss

SUBSEQUENT:
1781 – Poisson
1802 – Abel
1804 – Jacobi
1815 – Weierstrass

SEE ALSO:
Timeline of Prime Numbers

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