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|Named Person:||Pierre Simon Laplace, marquis de; Pierre Simon de Laplace; Pierre Simon Laplace, marquis de|
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|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.|
"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 In this compact biography, also based in part on unpublished private papers, Hahn follows Laplace's journey from would-be priest in the provinces to Parisian academician, popularizer of science during the French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.