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Mathematical Treasure: Euler's Maxima and Minima of Curved Lines

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

In 1744, Leonhard Euler published Methodus Inveniendi Lineas Curvas, where he amplified the premise that every curve along its path has a maximum or a minimum. He gave examples and solutions for over one hundred different situations.

The text begins with a list of definitions:

Some examples of the problems Euler considered are given on pages 51-53.

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Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Euler's Maxima and Minima of Curved Lines," Convergence (July 2018)

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