François Nicole

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François Nicole (December 23, 1683 – January 18, 1758) was a French mathematician, born in Paris and died there, who published his Traité du calcul des différences finies in 1717; it contains rules both for forming differences and for effecting the summation of given series. Besides this, in 1706 he wrote a work on roulettes, especially spherical epicycloids; and in 1729 and 1731 he published memoirs on Newton's essay on curves of the third degree.[1][2]


  1. ^ Smith, David Eugene (1958), History of Mathematics, Volume 1, Courier Dover Publications, pp. 472–473, ISBN 9780486204291 .
  2. ^ Shank, J. B. (2008), The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment, University of Chicago Press, p. 74, ISBN 9780226749471 .
An original entry was based on the book A Short Account of the History of Mathematics (4th edition, 1908) by W. W. Rouse Ball.