Pierre-Simon Laplace quote

"It is interesting thus to follow the intellectual truths of analysis in the phenomena of nature. This correspondence, of which the system of the world will offer us numerous examples, makes one of the greatest charms attached to mathematical speculations."

Pierre-Simon Laplace

Born: March 23, 1749

Die: March 5, 1827

Occupation: Mathematician

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Such is the advantage of a well constructed language that its simplified notation often becomes the source of profound theories.

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The word 'chance' then expresses only our ignorance of the causes of the phenomena that we observe to occur and to succeed one another in no apparent order. Probability is relative in part to this ignorance,...

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Without any doubt, the regularity which astronomy shows us in the movements of the comets takes place in all phenomena. The trajectory of a simple molecule of air or vapour is regulated in a manner as...

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[Science] dissipates errors born of ignorance about our true relations with nature, errors the more damaging in that the social order should rest only on those relations. TRUTH! JUSTICE! Those are the...

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The theory of probabilities is basically only common sense reduced to a calculus. It makes one estimate accurately what right-minded people feel by a sort of instinct, often without being able to give...

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The mind has its illusions as the sense of sight; and in the same manner that the sense of feeling corrects the latter, reflection and calculation correct the former.

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The simplicity of nature is not to be measured by that of our conceptions. Infinitely varied in its effects, nature is simple only in its causes, and its economy consists in producing a great number of...

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All the effects of Nature are only the mathematical consequences of a small number of immutable laws.

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We are so far from knowing all the forces of nature and their various modes of action that it would be unworthy of the philosopher to deny phenomena simply because they are inexplicable at the present...

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Nature laughs at the difficulties of integration.

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Probability theory is nothing but common sense reduced to calculation.

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The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness.

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What we know is not much. What we don't know is enormous.

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It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which...

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I have no need for that hypothesis.

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Napoleon: You have written this huge book on the system of the world without once mentioning the author of the universe. Laplace: Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis. Later when told by Napoleon about...

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Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective positions of the beings which compose it, if moreover this intelligence were vast...

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Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis.

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"Read Euler: he is our master in everything."

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However, the small probability of a similar encounter [of the earth with a comet], can become very great in adding up over a huge sequence of centuries. It is easy to picture to oneself the effects of...

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His last words, according to De Morgan: Man follows only phantoms.

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I see with much pleasure that you are working on a large work on the integral Calculus [ ... ] The reconciliation of the methods which you are planning to make, serves to clarify them mutually, and what...

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Pierre-Simon Laplace

The most important questions of life are indeed, for the most part, really only problems of probability.

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Said about Napier's logarithms: . . . by shortening the labors doubled the life of the astronomer.

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If an event can be produced by a number n of different causes, the probabilities of the existence of these causes, given the event (prises de l'événement), are to each other as the probabilities of the...

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Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là.

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