Daniel Bernoulli

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Bernoulli (circa 1750)

Daniel Bernoulli (8 February 17008 March 1782) was a Dutch-Swiss mathematician and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. He is particularly remembered for his applications of mathematics to mechanics, especially fluid mechanics, and for his pioneering work in probability and statistics.


  • Ich vermeinte, man verlange physische Determinationen und nicht abstracte integrationes. Es fängt sich ein verderblicher goût an einzuschleichen, durch welchen die wahren Wissenschaften viel mehr leiden, als sie avancirt werden, und wäre es oft besser für die realem physicam, wenn keine Mathematik auf der Welt wäre.
    • I thought we should require physical determinations, and not abstract integrations. A pernicious taste begins to infiltrate, from which real science will suffer far more than it will progress, and it would be often better for the true physics if there were no mathematics in the world.
    • Letter to Leonhard Euler, 26 January 1750, published in Correspondance mathématique et physique de quelques célèbres géomètres du XVIIIème siècle. P. H. Fuss, Saint Petersburg. 1843. p. 650. 

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