Pierre-Simon Laplace was a French mathematician and physicist who made significant contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics, astronomy, and engineering. Laplace is best known for his work on probability theory, which he developed in his 1812 book “Théorie Analytique des Probabilités.”

Laplace was born in 1749 in Beaumont-en-Auge, France. He attended the Collège de Navarre, where he studied mathematics and physics. Laplace graduated from the school in 1768 with a degree in mathematics.

Laplace made significant contributions to a number of fields, including mathematics, astronomy, and engineering. In 1799, he published his work on the stability of the solar system, which showed that the planets will remain in orbit around the sun indefinitely. Laplace also made important contributions to the field of optics.

Laplace died in 1827 in Paris, France. In 1828, he was posthumously awarded the Copley Medal.