Étienne Bézout

Étienne Bézout (French: [bezu]; 31 March 1730 – 27 September 1783) was a French mathematician who was born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France, and died in Avon (near Fontainebleau), France.

Étienne Bézout
Born(1730-03-31)31 March 1730
Died27 September 1783(1783-09-27) (aged 53)
Scientific career


In 1758 Bézout was elected an adjoint in mechanics of the French Academy of Sciences. Besides numerous minor works, wrote a Théorie générale des équations algébriques, published at Paris in 1779, which in particular contained much new and valuable matter on the theory of elimination and symmetrical functions of the roots of an equation: he used determinants in a paper in the Histoire de l'académie royale, 1764, but did not treat the general theory.

See also


  • The original version of this article was taken from the public domain Rouse History of Mathematics
  • Grabiner, Judith (1970–1980). "Bezout, Etienne". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 2. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 111–114. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9.

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