All of my engineer readers are probably quite familiar with the Bernoulli family, or at least their principle and equation. For those of you who aren’t, they were a Swiss family of mathematicians who sat around and came up with all sorts of interesting stuff, including a large part of fluid dynamics.
Anyway, I knew a lot of things carried the name Bernoulli (Bernoulli principle, Bernoulli numbers, Bernoulli’s equation, Bernoulli distribution…they ran a damn franchise), but I didn’t know until researching today’s problem that it wasn’t just one really prolific guy, but rather a family affair. That made me feel a bit better about things.
This all relates because today’s problem apparently was a favorite of Nicolaus Bernoulli (1695-1720), who I take it was the looker of the family: