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The year 1739 in science and technology involved some significant events.

Exploration

January 1 - Bouvet Island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Mathematics

Leonhard Euler solves the general homogeneous linear ordinary differential equation with constant coefficients.
Euler invents the tonnetz (German for "tone-network"), a conceptual lattice diagram that shows a two-dimensional tonal pitch space created by the network of relationships between musical pitches in just intonation.[1][2]

Physics

Émilie du Châtelet publishes Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu.

Awards

Copley Medal: Stephen Hales

Societies

June 2 - The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is founded in Stockholm by Linnaeus, Mårten Triewald and others.[3]

Births

December 14 - Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (d. 1817)

Deaths

15 February 1739 Death of Eustachio Manfredi in Bologna, Italy

April 19 - Nicholas Saunderson, English scientist and mathematician (b. 1682)
April 27 - Nicolas Sarrabat, French scientist, astronomer and mathematician (b. 1698)

References

^ Euler, Leonhard. Tentamen novae theoriae musicae.
^ Derbyshire, John (Spring 2007). "Euler's Constancy". The Wilson Quarterly.
^ "History". Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien. Retrieved 2011-09-27.

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Chronology

1738 - 1739 - 1740

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