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Mathematical Treasure: Collected Works of Laplace

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) was one of France’s most eminent mathematicians of the eighteenth century. Noted for his work in applied analysis and probability, Laplace has many concepts in mathematics named for him and associated with him, most prominently the Laplace transform. In 1878, the French Academy of Sciences published the first volume of a complete collection of his works, with the fourteenth and final volume not appearing until 1912. This is an image of the title page for the first volume.

Title page of Oeuvres complètes de Laplace, Volume 1, 1878             

Laplace’s portrait serves as the frontispiece.

Frontispiece of Oeuvres complètes de Laplace, Volume 1, 1878

The images above are presented courtesy of the University of Oklahoma Library.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Collected Works of Laplace," Convergence (September 2018)