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d'Alembert, Jean le Rond
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(Nov 16 [17?],1717, Paris – Oct 29, 1783, Paris), illegitimate child of Madame de Tencin and the officer Destouches, was abandoned by his mother on the steps of the church of St. Jean Le Rond – hence the first part of his name. His father provided for his education in the Jansenist Collège des Quatres Nations (Jansenism), where he acquired the second part of his name. Quite early on, d'Alembert gained fame as a mathematician and physicist. One still speaks today of the “d'Alembertian principle” developed in 1743 in the Traité de dynamique, by which he contributed to a fo…

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Kronauer, Ulrich, “d'Alembert, Jean le Rond”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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