Louis Albert Necker

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Not to be confused with the mathematician Louis Necker

Louis Albert Necker (April 10, 1786 – November 20, 1861) was a Swiss crystallographer and geographer.[1]

Necker cube on the left, impossible cube on the right.

He is best remembered for devising the optical illusion now known as the Necker cube.[2] He was a keen mountaineer and spent the latter half of his life in Scotland, and was buried in Portree.[3]

Works[edit]

  • Mémoire sur les oiseaux des environs de Genève, Genève : Chez J.J. Paschoud, 1823. OCLC 12072634
  • Voyage en Écosse et aux Iles Hébrides. Genève, Paris, J.J. Paschoud, 1821. OCLC 3759700
  • Memoire sur la vallée de Valorsine, Genève : J. Barbezat et comp., 1828. OCLC 30521860
  • Mémoire sur le Mont Somma. Genève. : Barbezat et Delarue. 1828. OCLC 68706185
  • Le règne minéral ramené aux méthodes de l'histoire naturelle, Paris : Levrault, 1835. OCLC 8739030
  • Études géologiques dans les Alpes, Paris : Pitois : Langlois et Leclercq ; Strasbourg : Levrault, 1841. OCLC 77840885

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forbes J D,1863. Biographical account of Professor Louis Albert Necker, of Geneva, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Proc Royal Soc Edinburgh, 5: 53-76.
  2. ^ Wade N J, Campbell R N, Ross H E, Lingelbach B, 2010. Necker in Scotch perspective.' 'Perception, 39: 1-4.
  3. ^ Mitchell J R, 2002. On the trail of Necker, from Geneva to Portree. West Highland Free Press, 12th July, p. 15.