Useless hypotheses (was Re: Lagrange points tutorial was: Fly Me to L 1)

R. A. Hettinga rah at
Sun Dec 7 15:38:00 PST 2003

At 6:19 AM -0800 12/7/03, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>The Italian-French mathematician Josef Lagrange

One day, Napoleon summons Legrange to receive some geegaw or other, and
after much exposition of celestial mechanics by the latter, the former
enquires about the place of the deity in all of this.

"Sire, I have no need for that hypothesis," Legrange is reported to have said.


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