Jean le Rond d'Alembert

1717 - 1783

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Jean-Baptiste le Rond d'Alembert (; French: [ʒɑ̃ batist lə ʁɔ̃ dalɑ̃bɛːʁ]; 16 November 1717 – 29 October 1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist, philosopher, and music theorist. Until 1759 he was, together with Denis Diderot, a co-editor of the Encyclopédie. D'Alembert's formula for obtaining solutions to the wave equation is named after him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean le Rond d'Alembert has received more than 657,888 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Jean le Rond d'Alembert is the 20th most popular mathematician (up from 21st in 2019), the 126th most popular biography from France (up from 128th in 2019) and the 5th most popular French Mathematician.

Jean le Rond d'Alembert was a French mathematician and physicist. He is most famous for his work on differential calculus and for his contributions to the Encyclopedie.

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Among mathematicians, Jean le Rond d'Alembert ranks 20 out of 828Before him are Al-Biruni, John Forbes Nash Jr., Pierre-Simon Laplace, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Joseph Fourier, and John von Neumann. After him are Hero of Alexandria, Diophantus, David Hilbert, François Viète, Évariste Galois, and Henri Poincaré.

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Among people born in 1717, Jean le Rond d'Alembert ranks 2Before him is Maria Theresa. After him are Pope Pius VI, Mustafa III, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Johann Stamitz, Peter III of Portugal, Ernst Gideon von Laudon, Louis François, Prince of Conti, Marie Anne de Mailly, Horace Walpole, and David Garrick. Among people deceased in 1783, Jean le Rond d'Alembert ranks 2Before him is Leonhard Euler. After him are Johann Adolph Hasse, Grigory Orlov, Étienne Bézout, Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Yosa Buson, Antonio Soler, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Johann Jakob Bodmer, Nikita Ivanovich Panin, and Johann Kirnberger.

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Among people born in France, Jean le Rond d'Alembert ranks 126 out of 5,234Before him are Anatole France (1844), Louis XVII of France (1785), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), Georges Braque (1882), Pope Clement V (1264), and Pierre Bourdieu (1930). After him are Jean Cocteau (1889), Jean de La Fontaine (1621), Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640), Louis Daguerre (1787), Pierre Curie (1859), and Saint Sebastian (300).


Among mathematicians born in France, Jean le Rond d'Alembert ranks 5Before him are Blaise Pascal (1623), Pierre de Fermat (1601), Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749), and Joseph Fourier (1768). After him are François Viète (1540), Évariste Galois (1811), Henri Poincaré (1854), Pope Sylvester II (938), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Sophie Germain (1776), and Marin Mersenne (1588).