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A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth

A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth
From the Time of Newton to that of Laplace
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108084598

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  • Newton's Principia paints a picture of the earth as a spinning, gravitating ball. However, the earth is not completely rigid and the interplay of forces will modify its shape in subtle ways. Newton predicted a flattening at the poles, yet others disagreed. Plenty of books have described the expeditions which sought to measure the shape of the earth, but very little has appeared on the mathematics of a problem which remains of enduring interest even in an age of satellites. Published in 1874, this two-volume work by Isaac Todhunter (1820–84), perhaps the greatest Victorian historian of mathematics, takes the mathematical story from Newton, through the expeditions which settled the matter in Newton's favour, to the investigations of Laplace which opened a new era in mathematical physics. Several of Todhunter's other works, including his History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability (1865) are also reissued in this series.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108084598
    • length: 1036 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 142 x 66 mm
    • weight: 1.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Newton
    2. Huygens
    3. Miscellaneous investigations up to the year 1720
    4. Maupertuis
    5. Stirling
    6. Clairaut
    7. Arc of the meridian measured in Lapland
    8. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1721 and 1740
    9. Maclaurin
    10. Thomas Simpson
    11. Clairaut
    12. Arc of the meridian measured in Peru
    13. D'Alembert
    14. Boscovich and Stay
    15. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1741 and 1760
    16. D'Alembert
    17. Frisi
    18. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1761 and 1780. Volume 2:
    19. Laplace's first three memoirs
    20. Legendre's first memoir
    21. Laplace's treatise
    22. Legendre's second memoir
    23. Laplace's fourth, fifth, and sixth memoirs
    24. Legendre's third memoir
    25. Legendre's fourth memoir
    26. Laplace's seventh memoir
    27. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1781 and 1800
    28. Laplace, Mécanique céleste, first and second volumes
    29. Laplace's theorem
    30. Laplace's equation
    31. Partial differential equation for V
    32. Laplace's second method of treating Legendre's problem
    33. Laplace's memoirs
    34. Fifth volume of the Mécanique céleste
    35. Poisson
    36. Ivory
    37. Plana
    38. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1801 and 1825
    Index.

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    Isaac Todhunter

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