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" Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis it would embrace in the... "
Memorabilia Mathematica; Or, The Philomath's Quotation-book - Page 328
by Robert Édouard Moritz - 1914 - 410 pages
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A Philosophical Essay on Probabilities

Pierre Simon marquis de Laplace - Probabilities - 1902 - 196 pages
...of the universe as the effect of its anterior state and as the cause of the one which is to follow. Given for one instant an intelligence which could...forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it — an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to...
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Quantum Mechanics, A Half Century Later: Papers of a Colloquium on Fifty ...

J.L. Lopes, M. Paty - Science - 1977 - 328 pages
...central position in the age of reason as evidenced not least in the famous statement of Laplace (1814): "Given for one instant an intelligence which could...forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it -an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis...
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The Concepts of Illness, Disease and Morbus

F. Kraupl Taylor - Philosophy - 1979 - 131 pages
...predestined, by mechanistic laws. Laplace (1814) gave expression to this conviction, when he said: 'Given for one instant an intelligence which could...forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it - an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to...
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Theists and Atheists: A Typology of Non-belief

Thomas Steven Molnar - Religion - 1980 - 219 pages
...achieve the breakthrough to a universal science predicated on the total knowledge at any one time of 'all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective positions of the entities which compose it'. Implicit in the formula is the assumption that all entities are material...
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Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting

Daniel Clement Dennett - Philosophy - 1984 - 200 pages
...animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it — an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis — it would embrace in the same formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the lightest atom; for it, nothing...
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Naturalistic Inquiry

Yvonna S. Lincoln, Egon G. Guba - Philosophy - 1985 - 416 pages
...of its previous state and as the cause of the one which is to follow. Given for one instant a mind which could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it— a mind sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis...
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Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture

Lesslie Newbigin - Religion - 1986 - 156 pages
...mathematical terms. Consequently, to quote Laplace, "An intelligence which knew at one moment of time all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective positions of the entities which compose it ... would embrace in the same formula the movements of the largest bodies...
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Analysis and Mathematical Physics

H. Triebel - Mathematics - 1987 - 456 pages
...closely the model thinking described above. To illustrate this, let us consider here a simple example. ') "Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces of nature and the respective situation of the things that compose it ... for it nothing would be uncertain...
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Ecology of the Body: Styles of Behavior in Human Life

Joseph Lyons - Psychology - 1987 - 338 pages
...words were stunningly prophetic and are therefore worth our consideration almost two centuries later: "Given for one instant an intelligence which could...animated and the respective positions of the beings which comprise it, if moreover this intelligence were vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would...
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Determined Fictions: American Literary Naturalism

Lee Clark Mitchell - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 173 pages
...universe. Laplace, the eighteenth-century mathematician, delivered the classic formulation of this view: Given for one instant an intelligence which could...forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it — an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to...
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