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Plateau's problem

[pla-tohz] /plæˈtoʊz/
noun, Mathematics
1.
the problem in the calculus of variations of finding the surface with the least area bounded by a given closed curve in space.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; named after J. A. F. Plateau (1801-83), Belgian physicist
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