# Curves

### Devil's Curve

- Cartesian equation:
- $y^{4} - x^{4} + a y^{2} + b x^{2} = 0$

- Polar equation
- $r = √[(25 - 24\tan^{2}( \theta ))/(1 - \tan^{2}( \theta ))]$

### Description

The Devil's Curve was studied by Gabriel Cramer in 1750 and Lacroix in 1810. It appears in*Nouvelles Annales*in 1858.

Cramer (1704-1752) was a Swiss mathematician. He became professor of mathematics at Geneva and wrote on work related to physics; also on geometry and the history of mathematics. He is best known for his work on determinants (1750) but also made contributions to the study of algebraic curves (1750).