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Laplace

in scientific phrases, a reference to French astronomer and mathematician Pierre Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827). Related: Laplacian (1836).

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Definitions of Laplace from WordNet

Laplace (n.)
French mathematician and astronomer who formulated the nebular hypothesis concerning the origins of the solar system and who developed the theory of probability (1749-1827);
Synonyms: Marquis de Laplace / Pierre Simon de Laplace
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