## Seminar

## Marin Mersenne and his Pen Pals

## Fr. Jean Turgeon

### Loyola University Maryland

Jesuit Chair Department of Mathematics and Statistics

### April 25, 2012

3:00-4:00

### B03 Knott Hall

Abstract:
René Descartes, Pierre Gassendi, Evangelista Torricelli, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal,
Christiaan Huygens and Pierre de Fermat were among the mathematicians who exchanged letters
with Marin Mersenne. This mathematician, mainly known to-day for the Mersenne Numbers,
assumed the role of collective correspondent, thus publicizing and disseminating the work of
some of the greatest thinkers of his age. In 1635, this group formed the informal, private
Académie Parisienne, the precursor to the French Academy of Sciences. Certain topics
discussed in that group are still debated now.

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