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Pierre Simon Laplace, 1749-1827 : a determined scientist

Author: Roger Hahn
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Often referred to as the Newton of France, Pierre Simon Laplace has been called the greatest scientist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He affirmed the stability of the solar system and offered a powerful hypothesis about its origins. A skillful mathematician and popular philosopher, Laplace also did pioneering work on probability theory, in devising a method of inverse probabilities
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Pierre Simon Laplace, marquis de; Pierre Simon de Laplace; Pierre Simon Laplace, marquis de
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Hahn
ISBN: 0674018923 9780674018921
OCLC Number: 58457459
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: x, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Norman Beginnings --
From Scholasticism to Higher Mathematics --
The Gifted Mathematician --
Setting Fundamental Principles: The Philosophical Program --
Finding the Stability of the Solar System: The Celestial Program --
Exploring the Physical World: The Terrestrial Program --
Revolutionary Tumult --
The Politics of Science --
Celestial Mechanics --
Probability and Determinism --
The Waning Years.
Other Titles: Système du monde.
Responsibility: Roger Hahn.

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"Often referred to as the Newton of France, Pierre Simon Laplace has been called the greatest scientist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He affirmed the stability of the solar system and offered a powerful hypothesis about its origins. A skillful mathematician and popular philosopher, Laplace also did pioneering work on probability theory, in devising a method of inverse probabilities associated with his classic formulation of physical determinism in the universe. With Lavoisier and several younger disciples, he made decisive advances in chemistry and mathematical physics."

"Roger Hahn, who has devoted years to researching Laplace's life, has compiled a rich archive of his scientific correspondence. In this compact biography, also based in part on unpublished private papers, Hahn follows Laplace's journey from would-be priest in the provinces to Parisian academician, popularizer of science during the French Revolution, religious skeptic, and supporter of Napoleon. By the end of his life, Laplace had become a well-rewarded dean of French science." "In this first full-length biography, Hahn illuminates the man in his historical setting."--BOOK JACKET.

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