[ la-plas ]

  1. Pierre Si·mon [pyersee-mawn] /pyɛr siˈmɔ̃/ Marquis de, 1749–1827, French astronomer and mathematician.

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How to use Laplace in a sentence

  • Pascal incurred no hostilities for his scientific investigations, nor Newton, nor Laplace.

  • This criticism applies even to the proof given by Laplace, which tacitly assumes the distributive law in multiplication.

    William Oughtred | Florian Cajori

British Dictionary definitions for Laplace


/ (French laplas) /

  1. 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

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Scientific definitions for Laplace


[ lə-pläs, lä- ]

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  1. 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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