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How does Legendre transformation in classical mechanics relate to Adrien-Marie Legendre?

The Legendre transform is not tethered to classical mechanics, it is just one application of it, another one is to thermodynamics. Geometrically, it is a general way to re-represent convex functions ...
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How come there is no portrait of Legendre?

Because (Adrien-Marie) Legendre, the mathematician, wanted it this way, see Duren, Changing Faces: The Mistaken Portrait of Legendre, who quotes Poisson: "We know from testimony of Poisson that ...
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When and where was Legendre's Conjecture first published?

Actually Legendre proved, starting from a false theorem, that between $L$ and $L+2\sqrt{L}$ there is always a prime number. See the second edition of Essai sur la Théorie des Nombres at page 406 (...
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Legendre's original text on elliptic functions

Euler par une combinaison qu'on peut regarder comme fort heureuse, quoique ces hazards n'arrivent qu'à ceux qui savent les faire naître, trouva cette integrale... Adrien Marie Legendre, Traité ...
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What are the names of parents of Adrien-Marie Legendre, and their dates of birth and death?

MacTutor is a good source for biographies of mathematicians. Of Legendre it begins: Adrien-Marie Legendre would perhaps have disliked the fact that this article contains details of his life It also ...
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