Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier

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Meusnier, Jean Baptiste Marie


(J. B. M. Meusnier de la Place). Born June 19, 1754, in Tours; died June 17, 1793, in Mainz. French mathematician; a general. Member of the Paris Academy of Sciences (1784).

Known chiefly for his investigations in differential geometry, Meusnier studied the properties of curvatures of plane sections of a surface.


Darboux, G. “Notice historique sur le général Meusnier.” In his book Eloges académiques et discours. Paris, 1912.
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