François Le Lionnais (3314 words)


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François Le Lionnais was born in Paris on 3 October 1901 and died at his home in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1984. His life spanned almost the whole of the 20th century, two World Wars, the Cold War, and a spur of methodological and disciplinary changes in France. Any preliminary search for François Le Lionnais in databases, encyclopedias, books, or other resources will yield that he was a French chemical engineer by trade (many more refer to him as a mathematician or amateur mathematician, according to friend and colleague Jacques Roubaud), writer, and general polymath with an impressive memory and rebellious attitude. The specific information you can learn from these sources, however, is often improperly cited, cursory, and …

Citation: Berkman, Natalie. "François Le Lionnais". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2015 [, accessed 17 April 2021.]

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