Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (23 Mairch 1749 – 5 Mairch 1827) wis a French mathematician an astronomer whose wark wis pivotal tae the development o mathematical astronomy an statistics. He summarised an extendit the work o his predecessors in his five volume Mécanique Céleste (Celestial Mechanics) (1799–1825). This wark translated the geometric study o classical mechanics tae ane based on calculus, openin up a broader range of problems. In statistics, the sae-cried Bayesian interpretation of probability wis mainly developed bi Laplace.
He formulated Laplace's equation, an pioneered the Laplace transform which appears in mony branches of mathematical physics, a field that he teuk a leadin role in forming. The Laplacian differential operator, widely uised in applied mathematics, is an aa named efter him.
He is remembered as ane o the greatest scientists of aa time, whiles referred tae as a French Newton or Newton of France, wi a phenomenal naitural mathematical faculty superior tae ony of his contemporaries.
- Stephen M. Stigler (1986) The history of statistics. Harvard University press. Chapter 3.
- [Anon.] (1911) "Pierre Simon, Marquis De Laplace", Encyclopaedia Britannica
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