# Math Help - L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

1. ## L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

Is it true that L'hopital stole his famous rule from his tutor Johann Bernoulli?

2. ## Re: L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

Originally Posted by klik11
Is it true that L'hopital stole his famous rule from his tutor Johann Bernoulli?
Stole is perhaps to strong a word.
If you have access of a library that has bound copies of The Mathematics Teacher, this is written about at length in the April 1963 issue pp257-60.

For a summery of that piece can be found on page 207 of In Mathematical Circles by Howard Eves.

3. ## Re: L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

I asked a simple question, why are you pointing me to books? Or maybe I didn't quite get you?

4. ## Re: L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

Originally Posted by klik11
I asked a simple question, why are you pointing me to books? Or maybe I didn't quite get you?
He is pointing you to an article which might elaborate this issue much better than he can. Unfortunately many of these issues are not as simple as "yes he stole it" or "no he didn't".

5. ## Re: L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

Originally Posted by klik11
I asked a simple question, why are you pointing me to books? Or maybe I didn't quite get you?
Why are you being such a smart a**?
The point is, there is no simple answer to your question. In fact, it is a long and complicated story that takes place over many years.

6. ## Re: L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

Well then I didn't get what you meant in the first time.
You could say that it's complicated and there isn't a short answer to my question.
Calling me a "smart a**" is rude.

7. ## Re: L'Hôpital's rule stolen?

Hello, klik11!