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Pierre Bouguer

(1698—1758)


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(1698–1758)

A French mathematician, Bouguer was a member of an expedition to Ecuador, sent to study the shape of the Earth. He made gravity measurements in the Andes, showing how the pull of gravity diminishes with altitude, and has given his name to corrections used in calculating gravitational anomalies. See also bouguer anomaly; bouguer correction; and gravity anomaly.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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