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.
Springer-Verlag New York
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Pierre Simon Laplace
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||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995
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