Plateau's problem

[ pla-tohz ]
/ plæˈtoʊz /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019