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Jakob and Johann were among the ten children of a spice merchant from Basel, Switzerland. Jakob was forced by his father to study theology but refused a church appointment when he completed his doctorate. Instead, he accepted a mathematics position at the University of Basel in 1687, a position he held for the remainder of his life.

Johann, required to study medicine, entered the University of Basel in 1683, where his brother Jakob was already a professor. The writings of Gottfried Leibniz (1646–1716), introducing the new field of calculus, had proved to be too difficult for most mathematicians to understand. Jakob, however, mastered their obscurity and taught Johann. The Bernoullis subsequently were among the first to recognize the great potential of calculus and to present numerous applications of this new mathematics, extending its usefulness and popularity.

In 1691, Johann taught calculus to the prominent French mathematician L'H...

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