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- Laplace, Marquis Pierre Simon de 1749-1827. French mathematician and astronomer noted for his theory of a nebular origin of the solar system and his investigations into gravity and the stability of planetary motion.
- n. mathematics Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician 1749-1827, used attributively in the names of various mathematical concepts named after him (see "Derived terms" below)
- n. French mathematician and astronomer who formulated the nebular hypothesis concerning the origins of the solar system and who developed the theory of probability (1749-1827)
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“Our solar system members follow the invariable plane of a planetary system, also called Laplace's invariable plane.”
“This formula for P is called Laplace's rule of succession, and it gives well-known senseless results if applied in an unjustified way.”
“The final note, to which he gave the curious title ` ` Note VII and last, '' proposed a theory of the origin and evolution of the solar system which soon came to be known as Laplace's Nebular Hypothesis.”
“Ampere developed the idea of Laplace into a definite plan, and in”
“Four men and a young girl who had taken refuge in the town of Lasalle, one of the places granted to the houseless villagers as an asylum, asked and received formal permission from the captain of the Soissonais regiment, by name Laplace, to go home on important private business, on condition that they returned the same night.”
“In 1814, French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace described an entity, later called Laplace's Demon, that was capable of calculating and determining all future events, provided that the demon was given the positions, masses, and velocities of every atom in the universe and the various known formulae of motion.”
“For every orbit that Ganymede makes, Europa makes two and Io four - a type of gravitational relationship called a Laplace resonance.”
“But about 1851 Professor Peirce, of Harvard, showed the untenability of this conclusion, proving that were the rings such as Laplace thought them they must fall of their own weight.”
“Laplace's Book on the Stars, wherein he exhibits that certain”
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