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  • adj. Of, or relating to Laplace.
  • n. The Laplace operator.


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From Pierre-Simon Laplace.


  • Many hold the deep conviction that the Universe is a Laplacian, mechanical universe in which there is no room for renewal or creativity.

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  • Since the quantum revolution there really aren't any Laplacian determinists around any more, but if "physical determinist" is meant in this way, then all of your statements about rats becoming determined to turn right or left are simply wrong, because everything about their behavior has always been determined.

    Bunny and a Book

  • A Laplacian determinist sees everything that happens as being determined for all time.

    Bunny and a Book

  • A Laplacian super-intellect, aware of all of the laws of physics and knowing the position and momentum of every particle, could never be surprised in a deterministic universe.

    Aiguy's Computer

  • The Laplacian differential operator, widely used in applied mathematics, is also named after him.

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  • We had two – the book was the one by Ziemer, Tranter and Fannin – but those also touched on Laplacian analysis, which was expanded upon in control theory.

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  • This classical, Laplacian picture has of course been superseded by the development of quantum mechanics, beginning in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.

    Religion and Science

  • After the demise of Laplacian molecular physics in the first half of the 19th century, this role was taken over by ether mechanics and energy physics.

    The Unity of Science

  • So maybe NNs catch a pattern which gives an insight which … And maybe the Laplacian efforts to model climate may come to fruition.

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  • If this Laplacian determinism is accepted, nothing whatever can be unpredictable in principle.

    Emergent Properties


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