Talk:Pierre-Simon Laplace

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Can we see his calculation of the mass of Saturn?

celestial mechanics[edit]

Could we have more on his celestial mechanics? Charles Matthews 15:21, 22 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Express evidence that Laplace saw himself as an atheist, rather than a deist or agnostic. for example, should be supplied. It will be difficult to come by for anyone favored by the Restoration Bourbons, of course...

The famous anecdote about Napoleon and the Celestial Mechanics is not sufficient. Septentrionalis 15:35, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)

creationist slant?[edit]

The last paragraph seems a bit off-topic and seems to be trying to inject a creationist argument.Blaise 08:28, September 6, 2005 (UTC)

You mean, I suppose, the following sentence, which is unsourced, unevidenced, and (to my mind) unlikely. I have removed it:
Predicting the rise of life in the universe, for example, requires vastly more data than this, and so, according to the theory, is computationally infeasible to predict.


I do not believe that Laplace postulated the existence of black holes and gravitational collapse. There is no source that cites this directly, and the next closest source is a dead link. I would like to know what everyone else thinks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:46, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Here's the cite:
Hawking, Stephen; Ellis, G.F.R. (1973). The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time. Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics. Cambridge University Press. p. 2. ISBN 9780521099066. LCCN 72093671. This was recognized in 1798 by Laplace, who pointed out that a body of about the same density as the sun but 250 times its radius would exert such a strong gravitational field that no light could escape from its surface. That this should have been predicted so early is so striking that we give a translation of Laplace's essay in an appendix. Machine Elf 1735 20:10, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Quotes section[edit]

All sourced and well, but still unusual for a wikipedia article. These should be on wikiquote, no? Bataaf van Oranje (talk) 00:04, 30 June 2015 (UTC)