John Playfair (1748–1819) was a Scottish mathematician and geologist best known for his defence of James Hutton's geological theories. He attended the University of St Andrews, completing his theological studies in 1770. In 1785 he was appointed joint Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, and in 1805 he was elected Professor of Natural Philosophy. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was acquainted with continental scientific developments, and was a prolific writer of scientific articles in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Review. This four-volume edition of his works was published in 1822 and is prefaced by a biography of Playfair. Volume 4 contains his biographies of his colleagues, and review articles on mathematical and astronomical works, both in English and French.
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108029414
- length: 548 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 31 mm
- weight: 0.69kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
14. Biographical account of the late Matthew Stewart, D.D.
15. Biographical account of the late James Hutton, M.D.
16. Biographical account of the late John Robinson, LL.D.
17. Review of Mudge's Account of the Trigonometrical Survey of England
Review of Mechain et Delambre
18. Base du Systéme Mètrique Décimal
19. Review of Laplace, Traité de Mécanique Céleste
20. Review of Le Compte rendu par l'Institut de France
21. Review of Lambton's Measurement of an Arch of the Meridian
22. Review of Baron De Zach, Attraction des Montagnes
23. Review of Kater on the Pendulum.
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