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The Works of John Playfair

The Works of John Playfair
4 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108029421

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  • 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. It includes his more important works on geology, astronomy and mathematics, together with some review articles and biographical notices. Playfair's wide interests also included gunnery, fortification, geography, navigation, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108029421
    • length: 2120 pages
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 155 mm
    • weight: 3kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Advertisement
    1. Biographical account of the late Professor Playfair
    2. Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth. Volume 2:
    3. Dissertation exhibiting a general view of the progress of mathematical and physical science since the revival of letters in Europe. Volume 3:
    4. On the arithmetic of impossible quantities
    5. On the causes which affect the accuracy of barometrical measurements
    6. Remarks on the astronomy of the Brahmins
    7. On the origin and investigation of porisms
    8. Observations on the trigonometrical tables of the Brahmins
    9. Theorems relating to the figure of the earth
    10. On the solids of greatest attraction
    11. On the progress of heat in spherical bodies
    12. Account of a lithological survey of Schehallien
    13. On the naval tactics of the late John Clerk, Esq. of Eldin. Volume 4:
    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.

  • Author

    John Playfair


    James G. Playfair

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