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Mylon, Claude

1. Dates
Born: Paris, c. 1618
Died: Paris, c. 1660
Dateinfo: ca.
Lifespan: 42
2. Father
Occupation: Government Official
His father was a counselor to Louis XIII and Controller-General of Finance.
Nothing is said about financial status, and yet it is impossible to believe that the family was not wealthy. Mylon was admitted to the bar two years before reaching the legal age--surely an indication of influence (which is not, to be sure, identical to wealth, though the two frequently cohabit).
3. Nationality
Birth: French
Career: French
Death: French
4. Education
Schooling: No University
He was admitted to the bar as an advocate before Parlement in 1641, two years younger than the required age of majority.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Scientific Communication
Subordinate: Mathematics
He became interested in mathematics as early as 1645.
Mylon's importance in science derives from the service he provided by facilitating communication among many learned men from 1650-60. After the death of Pailleur, the director of the Académie Parisienne, Mylon had access to the papers of the society. He sent information on Fermat's and Frenicle's problems in number theory to Holland. He shared Fermat's and Pascal's problems on games of chance with Schooten. He was also in contact with Mersenne, Debeaune and Roberval.
In his correspondence, Mylon did attempt to enter into the mathematical exchange himself, without displaying outstanding qualities as a mathematician.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Law, Personal Means
In 1641 he was admitted to the bar as an advocate before Parlement.
The entry "Per" is frankly speculation, but I find it impossible to reject.
8. Patronage
Type: None
9. Technological Involvement
Type: None
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
Some time before 1654 Mylon was the secretary of the Académie Parisienne, a continuation of the Mersenne group.
  1. Christiaan Huygens, Oeuvres complétes, 1, 316. See also 14, 4-9.
  2. A.R. Hall & M.B. Hall, eds., The Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg, 1, 225.
  3. There is just precious little information about Mylon. The two notes above are extremely short, the Halls' being a copy of the one in Huygens' Oeuvres. Mylon does not appear in Biographie générale, Nouvelle biographie générale, Moreri, Zedler, or Bayle. Costabel's article in the DSB is far and away the most complete account I have found.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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