Pierre-Simon Laplace

1749 - 1827

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Pierre-Simon Laplace proved the stability of the solar system. In analysis Laplace introduced the potential function and Laplace coefficients. He also put the theory of mathematical probability on a sound footing.
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List of References (76 books/articles)

Some Quotations (12)

A Poster of Pierre-Simon Laplace

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Laplace's Méchanique Céleste</a>
  2. Laplace on "new stars"
  3. Joseph Fourier on his teachers
  4. Laplace: Essay on probabilities

Honours awarded to Pierre-Simon Laplace
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Fellow of the Royal Society1789
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1813
Lunar featuresPromontorium Laplace
Paris street namesRue Laplace (5th Arrondissement)
Commemorated on the Eiffel Tower
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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. NNDB
  3. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  4. Rouse Ball
  1. H Kohler
  2. Académie Française; (in French)
  3. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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