Traité de mécanique céleste
Heralds of Science 14. Dynamical Astronomy
A treatise on celestial mechanics in the tradition of Newton's Principia. Here Laplace applied his analytical mathmatical theories to celestial bodies and concluded that the apparent changes in the motion of planets and their satelites are changes of long periods, and that the solar system is in all probability very stable. He gave methods for calculating the movements of translation and rotation of heavenly bodies and for resolving problemsof tides, from which he deduced the mass of the moon.