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Jean le Rond d'Alembert

Jean le Rond d'Alembert

Jean le Rond d'Alembert (16 November 171729 October 1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher. He was also co-editor with Denis Diderot of the Encyclopédie.



  • D'Alembert was always surrounded by controversy. ... he was the lightning rod which drew sparks from all the foes of the philosophes. ... Unfortunately he carried this... pugnacity into his scientific research and once he had entered a controversy, he argued his cause with vigour and stubbornness. He closed his mind to the possibility that he might be wrong...
    • Thomas L. Hankins (1990). Jean D'Alembert: Science and the Enlightenment. Taylor & Francis. p. 236. ISBN 2881243991. 

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