fourier, baron jean baptiste joseph

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Fourier   (fr'ē-ā', f-ryā')  Pronunciation Key 
French mathematician and physicist who introduced the expansion of periodic functions in the trigonometric series that is now named for him. He also studied the conduction of heat in solid bodies.
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