from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Family of Swiss mathematicians and scientists, including Jakob or Jacques (1654-1705), an important developer of ordinary calculus and the calculus of variations. His brother Johann or Jean (1667-1748) developed the calculus of variations. Johann's son Daniel (1700-1782) anticipated the law of conservation of energy, did pioneering work in the molecular theory of gases, and contributed to probability theory and the theory of differential equations.

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  • n. Swiss mathematician (1654-1705)
  • n. Swiss mathematician (1667-1748)
  • n. Swiss physicist who contributed to hydrodynamics and mathematical physics (1700-1782)


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  • It is now known as the Bernoulli effect after the physicist who later explained the phenomenon scientifically.

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  • The vacuum created from the air and water pressure -- known as the Bernoulli principle -- has long been the accepted reason.


  • All various random variables (as we started [sic] in Chapter 16 [actually Chapter 15-JK] with a +1 or -1, which is called a Bernoulli draw) under summation (we did sum up the wins of the 40 tosses) become Gaussian.

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  • A law known as the Bernoulli equation means that when pressure is lower, air moves faster - so the air stream above the wing does move more quickly than the one below, but this is not what causes the difference in pressure. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Ada Lovelace is therefore credited with writing the world's first computer program when she came up with a way of using the machine, which was never actually built, to calculate a mathematical sequence known as Bernoulli numbers.

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  • Mohamed Altoumaimi, who immigrated to Sweden six years ago, took only four months to find a formula that explains a sequence of calculations known as the Bernoulli numbers, a code that had stumped some of the best experts in the field, Agence France-Presse reported.

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  • In just four months, Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, the Dagens Nyheter daily said.

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  • This is known as the Bernoulli’s principle and it is not why planes fly.

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  • In this article Ada appended a set of notes detailing a plan for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the Engine.

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  • But you take on the HUGE amount of energy required to keep the thing in the air without Bernoulli lift.

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