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Why the name Mersenne ?

The name Mersenne comes from Marin Mersenne (1588-1648), a French philosopher and a religious person.

He created in 1635 the Academia Parisiensis, ancestor of the French Académie des Sciences (Academy of Sciences), gathering mathematicians, astronomers, philosophers, doctors...

He has been nicknamed “the secretary general of the republic of scientific letters”, as he acted as a hub for scientific information of his time, just before the advent of journals and academies.
 
As Marin Mersenne was, the Centre Mersenne aims at serving as a hub for scientific information. Multidisciplinary, independent and durable, it is resolutely committed to the advancement of science.