Small Skills, Big Networks: Marin Mersenne as Mathematical Intelligencer

  title={Small Skills, Big Networks: Marin Mersenne as Mathematical Intelligencer},
  author={Justin Grosslight},
  journal={History of Science},
  pages={337 - 374}
Writing in August 1634, the French polymath Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc reflected upon Marin Mersenne's endeavours. Mersenne, Peiresc asserted, had forced himself into "frontiers that are a little more in fashion of the times than these prolix treaties of the schools that so few men handle outside of the colleges".1 Peiresc was quite prescient to realize the novel claims that Mersenne was promoting. From the middle of the 1620s until his death in 1648, Mersenne encouraged discussion on a… 
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