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First edition of one of the most brilliant and successful popularizations of science ever composed. "In the sixth, and last, chapter of Book V, Laplace introduced a speculation on the origin of the solar system and another on the nature of the universe beyond its confines... The former speculation, which has quite generally come to be misnamed the nebulous hypothesis, was presented with the "misgivings" [défiance] that anything should arouse that is in no way the product of observation or calculation... If we were to find a phrase that would characterize what Laplace had in mind... it would not be 'nebular hypothesis'. It would be 'atmospheric hypothesis'. And if, further, we were to identify the context in which he raised the question at all, it would not be the evolution of history of nature. It would be the probability of cause" (DSB Suppl. I, 344). Laplace merits one of the longest articles in DSB and a 5-page section in it devoted to The System of the World was specially commissioned from Dr C.A. Whitney. A pair of errata leaves was added to very few copies, but are omitted from Barrillot's.