Pierre-Simon Laplace Philosophical Essay on Probabilities: Translated from the fifth French edition…

Hardcover | March 16, 1998

byPierre-Simon LaplaceTranslated byA.I. DaleNotes byA.I. Dale

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Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) is remembered amoung probabilitists today particularly for his "Theorie analytique des probabilites", published in 1812. The "Essai philosophique dur les probabilites" is his introduction for the second edition of this work. Here Laplace provided a popular exposition on his "Theorie". The "Essai", based on a lecture on probability given by Laplace in 1794, underwent sweeping changes, almost doubling in size, in the various editions published during Laplace's lifetime. Translations of various editions in different languages have apeared over the years. The only English translation of 1902 reads awkwardly today. This is a thorough and modern translation based on the recent re-issue, with its voluminous notes, of the fifth edition of 1826, with preface by Rene Thom and postscript by Bernard Bru. In the second part of the book, the reader is provided with an extensive commentary by the translator including valuable histographical and mathematical remarks and various proofs.

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This philosophical Essay is an expanded version of a lecture on probability the author gave in 1795 at the Ecoles Normales, whither he had been called a professor of mathematics with Lagrange by decree of the National Convention.

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Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) is remembered amoung probabilitists today particularly for his "Theorie analytique des probabilites", published in 1812. The "Essai philosophique dur les probabilites" is his introduction for the second edition of this work. Here Laplace provided a popular exposition on his "Theorie". The "Essai", based...

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This philosophical Essay is an expanded version of a lecture on probability the author gave in 1795 at the Ecoles Normales, whither he had been called a professor of mathematics with Lagrange by decree of the National Convention.

Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 16, 1998Publisher:Springer New York

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Philospophical Essay on Probabilites. Applications of the probability calculus.

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This philosophical Essay is an expanded version of a lecture on probability the author gave in 1795 at the Ecoles Normales, whither he had been called a professor of mathematics with Lagrange by decree of the National Convention.