1749 – Laplace – bio

Pierre-Simon Laplace was born in France in 1749 and was a mathematician and astronomer. His greatest work was a five volume set called, “Celestial Mechanics” which he wrote over a twenty six year period from 1799 to 1825. In addition to summarizing the state of astronomy at the time, he transformed Newton’s geometrical mechanics to one based on calculus. In 1786 he developed a proof that solar system orbits were stable. In 1812 he published a work on probability theory based on previous work by Bayes.

PRECURSOR:
1623 – Pascal
1700 – Bernoulli
1702 – Bayes
1707 – Euler

CONCURRENT:
1717 – D’Alembert
1736 – Lagrange
1743 – Lavoisier
1768 – Fourier
1777 – Gauss

SUBSEQUENT:
1781 – Poisson
1786 – Arago
1789 – Cauchy
1805 – Dirichlet
1809 – Grassman
1815 – Boole
1850 – Heaviside

SEE ALSO:
timeline of fluid mechanics

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