C.V. Mourey | |
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Front page of the second edition (1861) | |

Born | may be 1791 |

Died | may be 1830 |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

**C. V. Mourey** (1791? – 1830?) was a French mathematician who wrote a work of 100 pages titled *La vraie théorie des quantités négatives et des quantités prétendues imaginaires (The true theory of negative quantities and of alleged imaginary quantities)*, published in Paris in 1828 and reedited in 1861, in which he gave a systematic presentation of vector theory. He seems to be the first mathematician to state the necessity of specifying the conditions of equality between vectors.^{[2]}

Mourey also stated that there exists a more general algebra but, unfortunately, no other writings by him have survived.^{[3]}

Nothing is known about Mourey's life.^{[4]} The St. Andrews University's researcher Elizabeth Lewis, supposes Mourey was a technician in Paris, but says she cannot positively identify him.^{[5]}

## References

## Bibliography

- Crowe, Michael J. (1994).
*A History of Vector Analysis: The Evolution of the Idea of a Vectorial System*. New York: Dover. ISBN 0-486-67910-1. - Schubring, Gert (2005).
*Conflicts Between Generalization, Rigor, and Intuition*. Springer. ISBN 978-0387-22836-5. - Windred, G. (1929). "History of the Theory of Imaginary and Complex Quantities".
*The Mathematical Gazette*.**14**(203): 533–541. ISSN 0025-5572. JSTOR 3606116.

## External links

- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "C. V. Mourey",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews.

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