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BRACHISTOCHRONE (from the Gr. /3paxur...

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 366 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BRACHISTOCHRONE (from the Gr. /3paxurros, shortest, and xpovos, time),. a term invented by John Bernoulli in 1694 to denote the curve along which a body passes from one fixed point to another in the shortest time. When the directive force is constant, the curve is a cycloid (q.v.) ; under other conditions, spirals and other curves are described (see MECHANICS).
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