Bezout as examiner to the royal artillery.
The germs of the theory of determinants are to be found in the works of Leibnitz; Etienne Bezout utilized them in 1764 for expressing the result obtained by the process of elimination known by his name, and since restated by Arthur Cayley.
Bezout, appointed examiner, of naval candidates.
Although pressed by the minister to prepare for them a complete course of mathematics, he declined to do so, on the ground that it would deprive Mme Bezout of her only income, from the sale of the works of her late husband; he wrote, however (1786), his Traite elementaire de la statique.
Determinants were also employed by Etienne Bezout in 1764, but the first connected account of these functions was published in 1772 by Charles Auguste Vandermonde.