# Plateau's problem

[pla-tohz]

### noun Mathematics.

the problem in the calculus of variations of finding the surface with the least area bounded by a given closed curve in space.

## Origin of Plateau's problem

1910–15; named after J. A. F. Plateau (1801–83), Belgian physicist

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