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A Comparison of the Elastic and the Electrical Theories of Light with Respect to the Law of Double Refraction and the Dispersion of Colors. Art. XL. In The American Journal of Science, Third Series. Vol. XXXV (Whole Number CXXXV), Nos. 205210. January to June, 1888. pp. 467475. Bound Volume.

Gibbs, J. Willard.-

Published by New Haven, CT. J. D. & E. S. Dana. 1888., 1888
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First Edition. Pages 510 pp. Half tan calf with marbled boards. A.e.speckled. T.e.g. Binder's stamp on front free fly leaf: Simon & Barnum, Utica, N.Y. First Edition. Illustrated with grand folding maps, including a wonderful map of the crater of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, and other plates. In this article Willard Gibbs, mathematician and thermodynamicist, Professor at Yale and perhaps the greatest American-born scientist of all time, analyzes theoretically the propagation of light, first as an elastic body and then as an electrical wave, and shows the concordance of theory and experiment with light considered electrical and the discordance of light as an elastic body. An important conclusion among many he has made in the application of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics to physical chemical and biological systems. Misprint on p. 467 labels this as Art. XXXIV, clearly at variance with the sequence of articles and the Index. Other articles include the history of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii by J. D. Dana (illustrated), an article on the speed of propagation of earthquakes by Simon Newcomb, and C. S. Hastings on the law of double refraction in Icelandic spar (which article was hailed by Gibbs (op. cit.) as confirming precisely Fresnel's Law, confirming again the important assumptions of statistical mechanics. Also present is a note by G. P. Merrill on the composition of a meteorite from San Bernadino County, California. Ex libris. Bookplate of Albert H. Chester. Lacks leather spine.Covers nearly detached. Else Very Good with intact text block. Bookseller Inventory # 8760

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Title: A Comparison of the Elastic and the ...

Publisher: New Haven, CT. J. D. & E. S. Dana. 1888.

Publication Date: 1888

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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