Frases de Pierre Simon Laplace

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Pierre Simon Laplace

Fecha de nacimiento: 23. Marzo 1749
Fecha de muerte: 5. Marzo 1827

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Pierre-Simon Laplace fue un astrónomo, físico y matemático francés que descubrió y desarrolló la transformada de Laplace y la teoría nebular, ecuación de Laplace. Compartió la doctrina filosófica del determinismo científico.

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Frases Pierre Simon Laplace

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„The theory of chance consists in reducing all the events of the same kind to a certain number of cases equally possible“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace
Context: The theory of chance consists in reducing all the events of the same kind to a certain number of cases equally possible, that is to say, to such as we may be equally undecided about in regard to their existence, and in determining the number of cases favorable to the event whose probability is sought.<!--p.6

„Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace
Context: Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it—an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis—it would embrace in the same formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the lightest atom; for it, nothing would be uncertain and the future, as the past, would be present to its eyes. The human mind offers, in the perfection which it has been able to give to astronomy, a feeble idea of this intelligence. Its discoveries in mechanics and geometry, added to that of universal gravity, have enabled it to comprehend in the same analytical expressions the past and future states of the system of the world.<!--p.4

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„Imaginary causes have gradually receded with the widening bounds of knowledge“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace
Context: Imaginary causes have gradually receded with the widening bounds of knowledge and disappear entirely before sound philosophy, which sees in them only the expression of our ignorance of the true causes.<!--p.3

„All these efforts in the search for truth tend to lead it“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace
Context: All these efforts in the search for truth tend to lead it [the human mind] back continually to the vast intelligence... but from which it will always remain infinitely removed. This tendency peculiar to the human race is that which renders it superior... and their progress in this respect distinguishes nations and ages and constitutes their true glory.<!--pp.4-5

„Man follows only phantoms.“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace
His true last words, according to Augustus De Morgan's Budget of Paradoxes (1866). Compare Edmund Burke's famous remark, after a parliamentary candidate's sudden death, about ""what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue"".

„One sees, from this Essay, that the theory of probabilities is basically just common sense reduced to calculus; it makes one appreciate with exactness that which accurate minds feel with a sort of instinct, often without being able to account for it.“

—  Pierre-Simon Laplace
From the Introduction to Théorie Analytique des Probabilités http://visualiseur.bnf.fr/Visualiseur?Destination=Gallica&O=NUMM-88764, second and later editions; also published separately as Essai philosophique sur les Probabilités (1814). Œuvres complètes de Laplace, tome VII, p. cliii, Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1878-1912. Also reported as: ""The theory of probabilities is at bottom nothing but common sense reduced to calculus; it enables us to appreciate with exactness that which accurate minds feel with a sort of instinct for which ofttimes they are unable to account.""<!--- http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Quotations/Laplace.html ---> Or as: ""Probability theory is nothing but common sense reduced to calculation.""

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