BERNOULLI, Daniel (1700-1782). Autograph letter signed (‘Daniel Bernoulli’) to an unnamed recipient (‘Monsieur’), Basel, 7 July 1748, in French. One page, 4to (245 x 185mm), bifolium (integral blank reattached with archival tape).
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BERNOULLI, Daniel (1700-1782). Autograph letter signed (‘Daniel Bernoulli’) to an unnamed recipient (‘Monsieur’), Basel, 7 July 1748, in French.

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BERNOULLI, Daniel (1700-1782). Autograph letter signed (‘Daniel Bernoulli’) to an unnamed recipient (‘Monsieur’), Basel, 7 July 1748, in French.

One page, 4to (245 x 185mm), bifolium (integral blank reattached with archival tape).

Opening in effusive manner - ‘L'honneur d'etre associé à la plus Illustre Compagnie du monde est sans doute par lui meme d'un prix inestimable à tout homme sensible à la gloire’ - Bernoulli insists that the specific circumstances of his election to this illustrious company are particularly precious to him, ‘de voir que vous prenez part à mon Election et de ne pouvoir douter, que vous n'y ayez contribué’. Restating once more, and fulsomely, his gratitude, Bernoulli hopes that his new colleagues will find him worthy and that he will benefit from their knowledge.

The Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli, best known for the principle in fluid dynamics that bears his name, was elected to the Académie des sciences in 1748: it is presumably in relation to this that he writes here. His 1738 publication Hydrodynamica, from which the Bernoulli principle comes, was his best known work, though he produced around 80 in total, receiving wide academic acclaim.
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