I have been trying to trace the origin of a short Latin quotation:
"Et digitum minimum movere non potes ut non mundum universum excites."
('You can't move your little finger, lest you awaken the whole world.')
I stumbled across this on a Russian website (http://giscraft.ru/methods/method8.shtml
). The authors of the site are convinved that the words are those of Pierre-Simon Laplace, a mathematician with strong deterministic beliefs who wrote during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (see ...