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A Mathematical and Philosophical Dictionary
Containing an Explanation of the Terms, and an Account of the Several Subjects, Comprized under the Heads Mathematics, Astronomy, and Philosophy, Both Natural and Experimental

Volume 1

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077705

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  • Born into a Newcastle coal mining family, Charles Hutton (1737–1823) displayed mathematical ability from an early age. He rose to become professor of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy and foreign secretary of the Royal Society. First published in 1795–6, this two-volume illustrated encyclopaedia aimed to supplement the great generalist reference works of the Enlightenment by focusing on philosophical and mathematical subjects; the coverage ranges across mathematics, astronomy, natural philosophy and engineering. Almost a century old, the last comparable reference work in English was John Harris' Lexicon Technicum. Hutton's work contains many historical and biographical entries, often with bibliographies, including many for continental analytical mathematicians who would have been relatively unfamiliar to British readers. These features make Hutton's Dictionary a particularly valuable record of eighteenth-century science and mathematics. Volume 1 ranges from abacist (a user of an abacus) to the English physician and Newtonian scientist James Jurin.

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077705
    • length: 690 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.63kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Aba-Jur.

  • Author

    Charles Hutton

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