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Guillaume Le Blond

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Guillaume Le Blond (b. 1704 in Paris; † 1781) was a French mathematician, military theorist, and encyclopedist.

Eléments de fortification, 1752

Life and work

He was a teacher of mathematics and secretary to the Victoire de France (1733-1799). He exercised his professorship of mathematics at the École des pages de la Grande Écurie du roi in Versailles in 1736.[1] Although he was not personally a military man, he wrote a large number of military-related works, such as on mathematical principles for officers, on fortress construction, treatises on battle orders, and the like.[2]

Works (selection)

  • L’artillerie raisonnée contenant la déscription et l’usage des différentes bouches à feu … la théorie et la pratique des mines et du jet des bombes. Jombert, Paris (1761)
  • Traité de l’attaque des places. Chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, Paris (1762)
  • Élémens de fortification. Paris (1775)

Literature

  • Janis Langins: Conserving the Enlightenment: French Military Engineering from Vauban to the Revolution. MIT Press, Cambridge (2004) ISBN 0-2621-2258-8

Web links

Wikisource: Guillaume Le Blond– Sources and full texts (french)

Individual references

  1. Theo Stammen and Wolfgang E. J. Weber (eds.): knowledge preservation, knowledge ordering and knowledge processing: the European model of encyclopaedias. Oldenbourg Akademieverlag (2004) ISBN 3-0500-3776-8 pp. 374
  2. Frank A. Kafker: Notices sur les auteurs des dix-sept volumes de ” discours ” de l’ Encyclopédie. Recherches sur Diderot et sur l’Encyclopédie Année (1989) Volume 7 Numéro 7 p. 150