- Pierre Si·mon [pyer see-mawn] /pyɛr siˈmɔ̃/Marquis de,1749–1827, French astronomer and mathematician.
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Examples from the Web for laplace
Laplace went on to write a wide-ranging text explaining the mechanics of the heavens without using miracles.Should Scientists Believe in Miracles?
Karl W. Giberson
March 9, 2014
It could not be overlooked, and accordingly he invited Laplace to come and see him.
Accordingly he appointed Laplace to be Minister of the Interior.
For about fifty years no one questioned the truth of Laplace's investigation.
Footnote 9: The examiner in mathematics was the great Laplace.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
In mathematics do you look upon Euler, Laplace, or Gauss as fools?Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
- Pierre Simon (pjɛr simɔ̃), Marquis de Laplace. 1749–1827, French mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He formulated the nebular hypothesis (1796). He also developed the theory of probability
Word Origin and History for laplace
in scientific phrases, a reference to French astronomer and mathematician Pierre Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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. He also made important contributions to the theory of probability.
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