Ten fun facts about Comte de Buffon

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Fact 1
Georges-Louis Leclerc, called Comte de Buffon was born on 7 September 1707 and died on 16 April 1788.

Fact 2
His works were an influence on the next two generations of naturalists, like Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier.

Fact 3
Buffon published 36 quarto volumes of his Histoire naturelle throughout his life, with additional volumes created on the basis of his notes and additional research being published in the 20 years after his death.


Fact 4
It has been said that "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century".

Fact 5
Buffon had the position of director at the Jardin du Roi, now known as the Jardin des Plantes.

Fact 6
He first made an impression in the field of mathematics in his Sur le jeu de franc-carreau, and he introduced differential and essential calculus into the probability theory.

Fact 7
The problem of Buffon's needle in the probability theory is named after him.

Fact 8
While his examination of the animal world, he observed that despite similar environments, distinctive regions have distinct plants and animals, a notion later known as Buffon's Law. This is deliberated to be the first belief of biogeography.

Fact 9
Buffon and Johann Blumenbach were supporters of monogenism, the theory that all races have a sole origin. They also believed in the "Degeneration theory" of racial origins.

Fact 10
He put forth the idea of evolution in science and developed a notion of the "unity of type", an originator of comparative anatomy.


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Was a French naturalist, cosmologist, mathematician and encyclopedic author.



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