Mathematician:Antoine Gombaud

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French gambler, writer, philosopher and amateur mathematician best known for his work in probability theory.




  • Born: 1607, Poitou, France
  • Died: December 29, 1684

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Antoine Gombaud can be found here.


  • L'honnête homme (The Honest Man)
  • Discours de la vraie honnêteté (Discourse on True Honesty)

Critical View

The Chevalier de Méré was described by Blaise Pascal as having:

a very good mind but no mathematics.

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz described him as having a penetrating mind, and being a philosopher and a gambler.

Also known as

Full name and title: Antoine Gombaud, Chevalier de Méré.

Usually referred to as the Chevalier de Méré.