Person: Mylon, Claude
Claude Mylon was a French mathematician important because of his correspondence with the leading mathematicians of the day.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Mylon is important in the history of mathematics, not for his own achievements, but for his role in the Académie Parisienne, the group of scholars which was a continuation of the group formed in Paris by Mersenne, which was to form the foundation on which the Paris Academy of Sciences was formed.
- Mylon joined Mersenne's mathematical circle in around 1645 when he began to take careful notes of mathematical discussions in the group.
- Mylon took on the role of secretary of the academy.
- After the death of Le Pailleur in 1654, Mylon had access to all the correspondence between members of the Académie Parisienne and the numerous scientist with whom they had corresponded.
- At this stage Mylon carried on the important task of making the discoveries of mathematicians available to other mathematicians.
- Mylon also corresponded with van Schooten about the problems on games of chance, in particular the dice and points problems, that Fermat and Pascal were considering.
- Mylon maintained contact with Pascal after he gave up his mathematical studies and corresponded with Roberval.
- Mylon's attempts to contribute to mathematics were much less successful than he was as a communicator of the results of others.
Born 1618, Paris, France. Died 1660, Paris, France.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive