Pierre Simon de Laplace

1749 - 1827

A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on difficulty and nature

Nature laughs at the difficulties of integration.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: J. W. Krutch "The Colloid and the Crystal", in I. Gordon and S. Sorkin (eds.) The Armchair Science Reader, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace

Read Euler: he is our master in everything.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on labor and life

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

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: H. Eves In Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on achievement, appreciation, genius, ideas, inventions, men, merit, simplicity, and value

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 appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit. But its very simplicity and the great ease which it has lent to computations put our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions; and we shall appreciate the grandeur of the achievement the more when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest men produced by antiquity.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on language and theory

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

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on words

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Allegedly his last words: What we know is not much. What we do not know is immense.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: DeMorgan's Budget of Paradoxes.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on words

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

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: DeMorgan's Budget of Paradoxes.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on authors, books, needs, universe, and world

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 the incident, Lagrange commented: Ah, but that is a fine hypothesis. It explains so many things.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

Source: DeMorgan's Budget of Paradoxes.

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A Quote by Pierre Simon de Laplace on god and needs

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To Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God: Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis.

Pierre Simon de Laplace (1749 - 1827)

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