Colin Maclaurin

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Maclaurin, Colin


Born 1698 in Kilmodan, Argyll; died June 14, 1746, in Edinburgh. Scottish mathematician. Member of the Royal Society of London (1719). Student of I. Newton.

Maclaurin’s mathematical studies dealt with analysis (the theory of series, the calculus of finite differences) and the theory of higher degree plane curves. A number of his studies were devoted to mechanics, in particular, to the equilibrium of a heavy rotating liquid and the attraction of a homogeneous ellipsoid of revolution on a heavy point.