Jean Leurechon

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Jean Leurechon (1591–1670) was a French Jesuit priest and mathematician. He often wrote under the pseudonym Hendrik van Etten.


He was born in 1591 in Bar le Duc, and died on 17 January 1670 in Pont-à-Mousson.


At the age of 18, he entered the Jesuit college of Tournai in Belgium.

He joined the priesthood in 1624.

In 1629, he became the rector of a college. He was a professor of theology for two years.


His most famous work is the Récréations Mathématiques written under the pseudonym Hendrik van Etten. The book is a collection of recreational mathematical puzzles. The book made him famous all over Europe.


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