Joseph Louis Lagrange

Overview

**Joseph-Louis Lagrange**born

**Giuseppe Lodovico (Luigi) Lagrangia**, was a mathematician

Mathematician

A mathematician is a person whose primary area of study is the field of mathematics. Mathematicians are concerned with quantity, structure, space, and change....

and astronomer

Astronomer

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, who was born in Turin

Turin

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, Piedmont

Piedmont

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, lived part of his life in Prussia

Prussia

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and part in France

France

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, making significant contributions to all fields of analysis

Mathematical analysis

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, to number theory

Number theory

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, and to classical

Classical mechanics

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and celestial mechanics

Celestial mechanics

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. On the recommendation of Euler

Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist. He made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory. He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis, such as the notion...

and d'Alembert

Jean le Rond d'Alembert

Jean-Baptiste le Rond d'Alembert was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist, philosopher, and music theorist. He was also co-editor with Denis Diderot of the Encyclopédie...

, in 1766 Lagrange succeeded Euler as the director of mathematics at the Prussian Academy of Sciences

Prussian Academy of Sciences

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in Berlin

Berlin

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, where he stayed for over twenty years, producing a large body of work and winning several prizes of the French Academy of Sciences

French Academy of Sciences

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Quotations

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