A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth
From the Time of Newton to that of Laplace
2 Volume Set
Part of Cambridge Library Collection  Mathematics
 Author: Isaac Todhunter
 Date Published: April 2015
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 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 twovolume 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: 220 x 143 x 67 mm
 weight: 1.15kg
 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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