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Laplace

[la-plas]
noun
  1. Pierre Si·mon [pyer see-mawn] /pyɛr siˈmɔ̃/Marquis de,1749–1827, French astronomer and mathematician.
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  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for laplace

Laplace

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for laplace

Laplace

in scientific phrases, a reference to French astronomer and mathematician Pierre Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827).

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laplace in Science

Laplace

[lə-pläs, lä-]
See more at nebular hypothesis.
  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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