## Clairaut, Alexis Claude (1713–1765)Théorie de la Figure de la Terre (1743),
in which he promulgated the notion that the variation of gravity on the surface of the Earth, regarded as an elliptic spheroid, was altogether
independent of the law of density; on his explanation of the motion of the
lunar apogee, a point left unexplained by Newton;
and on his computation of the time of the return of Halley's
Comet. ## Related category• MATHEMATICIANS | ||||||

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