Unformatted text preview: Petropoli, edited by P. H. Fuss and N. Fuss (vol ii, pp. 800-804). The manuscript describes seven experiments performed between August 21 and September 2, 1727: For the number whose logarithm is unity, let e be written, which is 2,7182817. .. [sic] whose logarithm according to Vlacq is 0,4342944. .. [translated from Latin by Florian Cajori]. Euler next used e in a letter addressed to Goldbach on November 25, 1731, writing that e "denotes that number whose hyperbolic logarithm is = 1." The earliest appearance of e in a published work was in Euler's Mechanica (1736), in which he laid the foundations of analytical mechanics (Maor, p. 156)....
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- Leonhard Euler, Experimenta explosione tormentorum, P. H. Fuss, mathematica et physica