Note on the Euler Papers of 1750 and 1751

  • P. J. Federico
Part of the Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SOURCES, volume 4)


We next give a brief review of Euler’s work on the general theory of polyhedra. Two papers are relevant here: the first, giving some general results and stating his theorem, was read on November 25, 1750, and the second, giving proofs, was read on September 9, 1751. Both were included in the proceedings of the St. Petersburg Academy for the year 1752–1753, which was published in 1758.65 The first paper was preceded by a few weeks by a letter to Goldbach summarizing some of the results it contained.66


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