• Dec 27, 1654
    (b.) -
    Aug 16, 1705
    (d.)

Bio/Description

Bernoulli became familiar with calculus through a correspondence with Gottfried Leibniz, then collaborated with his brother Johann on various applications, notably publishing papers on transcendental curves (1696) and isoperimetry (1700, 1701). In 1690, Jacob Bernoulli became the first person to develop the technique for solving separable differential equations. Jacob Bernoulli is best known for the work Ars Conjectandi (The Art of Conjecture), published eight years after his death in 1713 by his nephew Nicholas. In this work, he described the known results in probability theory and in enumeration, often providing alternative proofs of known results. This work also includes the application of probability theory to games of chance and his introduction of the theorem known as the law of large numbers. The terms Bernoulli trial and Bernoulli numbers result from this work. The lunar crater Bernoulli is also named after him jointly with his brother Johann.
  • Date of Birth:

    Dec 27, 1654
  • Date of Death:

    Aug 16, 1705
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Noted For:

    Known for numerous mathematical landmarks as Bernoulli Numbers and the Bernoulli Differential Equation
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