# Brachistochrone

**BRACHISTOCHRONE** (from the Gr., shortest, and , time), a term invented by John Bernoulli in 1694 to denote the curve along which a body
passes from one fixed point to another in the shortest time. When the directive force is constant, the curve is a cycloid (*q.v.*); under other conditions,
spirals and other curves are described (see Mechanics).

*Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)*