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de Laplace, Pierre-Simon (1749 - 1827)

Napoleon: You have written this huge book on the system of the world without once mentioning the author of the universe.
Laplace: Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis.
Later when told by Napoleon about the incident, Lagrange commented: Ah, but that is a fine hypothesis. It explains so many things.
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DeMorgan's Budget of Paradoxes.
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