A Comet of the Enlightenment

Anders Johan Lexell's Life and Discoveries

  • Johan C.-E. Stén

Part of the Vita Mathematica book series (VM, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 1-18
  3. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 19-31
  4. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 33-48
  5. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 49-62
  6. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 63-94
  7. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 95-117
  8. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 119-135
  9. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 137-174
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    Pages 175-224
  11. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 225-231
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    Pages 233-240
  13. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 241-254
  14. Johan C.-E. Stén
    Pages 255-257
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 259-300

About this book


The Finnish mathematician and astronomer Anders Johan Lexell (1740–1784) was a long-time close collaborator as well as the academic successor of Leonhard Euler at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg. Lexell was initially invited by Euler from his native town of Abo (Turku) in Finland to Saint Petersburg to assist in the mathematical processing of the astronomical data of the forthcoming transit of Venus of 1769. A few years later he became an ordinary member of the Academy. This is the first-ever full-length biography devoted to Lexell and his prolific scientific output. His rich correspondence especially from his grand tour to Germany, France and England reveals him as a lucid observer of the intellectual landscape of enlightened Europe. In the skies, a comet, a minor planet and a crater on the Moon named after Lexell also perpetuate his memory.


Academy of Sciences of Saint Petersburg Anders Johan Lexell Leonhard Euler history of astronomy history of mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Johan C.-E. Stén
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical Research Center of FinlandVTT EspooFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00618-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00617-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00618-5
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