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Pierre Simon Laplace, 1749–1827

A Determined Scientist

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$46.00 • £40.95 • €41.95

ISBN 9780674018921

Publication Date: 10/24/2005


322 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

3 halftones


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  • Introduction
  • 1. Norman Beginnings
  • 2. From Scholasticism to Higher Mathematics
  • 3. The Gifted Mathematician
  • 4. Setting Fundamental Principles: The Philosophical Program
  • 5. Finding the Stability of the Solar System: The Celestial Program
  • 6. Exploring the Physical World: The Terrestrial Program
  • 7. Revolutionary Tumult
  • 8. The Politics of Science
  • 9. Celestial Mechanics
  • 10. Probability and Determinism
  • 11. The Waning Years
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Draft of a Letter to Laplace by Jean-Etienne Guettard
  • Four Nonscientific Manuscripts by Laplace
  • Illness and Last Moments of M. de Laplace
  • Notes
  • Index

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