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

  • Fourier, (François Marie) Charles 1772-1837. French social theorist who believed that universal harmony could be achieved by reorganizing society into self-sustaining units called "phalanxes,” groups of 1,500 people who would share labor, wealth, and housing.
  • Fourier, Baron Jean Baptiste Joseph 1768-1830. French mathematician and physicist who formulated a method for analyzing periodic functions and studied the conduction of heat.

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  • n. French mathematician who developed Fourier analysis and studied the conduction of heat (1768-1830)
  • n. French sociologist and reformer who hoped to achieve universal harmony by reorganizing society (1772-1837)


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