Nitpicking Newton (Review of: Pierre Simon Laplace: A Life in Exact Science) [Book Review]

New Scientist (2123) (1998)
Ray Scott Percival
London School of Economics
ONE of the most celebrated mathematical physicists, Pierre-Simon Laplace is often remembered as the mathematician who showed that despite appearances, the Solar System does conform to Newton’s theories. Together with distinguished scholars Robert Fox and Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Charles Gillispie gives us a new perspective, showing that Laplace did not merely vindicate Newton’s system, but had a uniquely creative and independent mind.
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