Today is the birthday of Pierre-Simon Laplace, a renowned mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He was born in 1749 in Beaumount-en-Auge, France. Between 1770 and his election to the French Academy of Sciences in 1773, he submitted 13 papers to the academy, on such subjects as integral calculus, mechanics, and physical astronomy. His in-depth study of the motions of the planets and the...
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