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Marin Mersenne

1588 - 1648

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Marin Mersenne, OM (also known as Marinus Mersennus or le Père Mersenne; French: [maʁɛ̃ mɛʁsɛn]; 8 September 1588 – 1 September 1648) was a French polymath whose works touched a wide variety of fields. He is perhaps best known today among mathematicians for Mersenne prime numbers, those which can be written in the form Mn = 2n − 1 for some integer n. He also developed Mersenne's laws, which describe the harmonics of a vibrating string (such as may be found on guitars and pianos), and his seminal work on music theory, Harmonie universelle, for which he is referred to as the "father of acoustics". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marin Mersenne has received more than 322,509 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia. Marin Mersenne is the 60th most popular mathematician (down from 57th in 2019), the 424th most popular biography from France (down from 371st in 2019) and the 14th most popular French Mathematician.

Marin Mersenne is most famous for his work in the field of mathematics. He was a French mathematician who lived from 1588 to 1648. He is most famous for his work on prime numbers.

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Among mathematicians, Marin Mersenne ranks 60 out of 823Before him are Nikolai Lobachevsky, Gaspard Monge, Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani, Abraham de Moivre, Brahmagupta, and Al-Battani. After him are August Ferdinand Möbius, Simon Stevin, Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Alfred North Whitehead, Ludolph van Ceulen, and Hermann Minkowski.

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Among people born in 1588, Marin Mersenne ranks 2Before him is Thomas Hobbes. After him are Constance of Austria, Henri, Prince of Condé, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Marina Mniszech, Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, Adolf Frederick I, Duke of Mecklenburg, Robert Filmer, Johann Heinrich Alsted, Isaac Beeckman, and Pierre Séguier. Among people deceased in 1648, Marin Mersenne ranks 4Before him are Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire, Władysław IV Vasa, and Christian IV of Denmark. After him are Tirso de Molina, Claudia de' Medici, Joseph Calasanz, George I Rákóczi, Claude Françoise de Lorraine, Vincent Voiture, Countess Catharina Belgica of Nassau, and Caspar Barlaeus.

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Among people born in France, Marin Mersenne ranks 424 out of 6,011Before him are Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Nicolas Appert (1749), Abraham de Moivre (1667), Jean Monnet (1888), Paul Langevin (1872), and Genevieve (423). After him are William II of England (1056), Fernand Léger (1881), Napoléon, Prince Imperial (1856), Patrice de MacMahon (1808), Arthur de Gobineau (1816), and Éric Rohmer (1920).


Among mathematicians born in France, Marin Mersenne ranks 14Before him are Pope Sylvester II (938), François Viète (1540), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Sophie Germain (1776), Gaspard Monge (1746), and Abraham de Moivre (1667). After him are Urbain Le Verrier (1811), Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), and Siméon Denis Poisson (1781).