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Lalouvere [Lalouère, La Loubère, Lalovera], Antoine de

1. Dates
Born: Rieux (Languedoc), 24 Aug. 1600
Died: Toulouse, 2 Sept. 1664
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan: 64
2. Father
Occupation: Aristocrat
The family was presumably noble with a chateaux near Rieux in what is now Haute Garonne.
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: French
Career: French
Death: French
4. Education
Schooling: Religous Order, D.D.
As an ordained Jesuit who had taken the fourth vow, he would have had a full education within the order, including a doctorate in theology.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
He entered the Jesuit order in 1620.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
His chief book is the Quadrature circuli, published in 1651. In 1658 he was drawn into the dispute with Pascal on cycloids for which his name is best known.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Church Life
He was professor of humanities, rhetoric, Hebrew, theology, and mathematics in the Jesuit college at Toulouse.
8. Patronage
Type: Court Official
He dedicated his book on the quadrature of the circle to Louis XIV.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Friendship and correspondence with Fermat.
Close relationship with Pardies and Willis.
The dispute with Pascal on cycloids in 1658.
  1. Henry Bosmans' article in Archives internationales d'histoire des sciences, 3 (1950), 619-56. Q1.A734
  2. Pierre Costabel's article in Revue d'histoire des sciences et de leurs applications, 15 (1962), 321-50, 367-9. Q2.R45
  3. Nouvelle biographie générale, 29, 30-2.
  4. P. Tannery, "Pascal et Lalouvere," in Mémoires scientifiques, 6, 79-114, 269-79.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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