First Edition. Folding frontispiece, lxx, 658 pp; 13 plates; ads. Original cloth. Xlib, but Very Good. Faint ghost of spine label, remains of bookplate on front pastedown, card on rear pastedown. Rear joint split near top of spine. No title page markings. Else Very Good. Uncommon. "The Mathematical Papers, edited by R. Tucker (London, 1882), has an introduction by H. J. S. Smith, and a good bibliography." (John D. North in D. S. B. 3: 323). Clifford's work, completed in just 34 short years (born in 1845, he died in 1879), "justifies the commonly expressed belief of contemporaries that his early death deprived the world of one of the best mathematicians of his generation." (D. S. B.). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Mathematical Papers. Edited by Robert Tucker...
Publisher: London: Macmillan, 1882.
Book Description 1882. Lxx[ii], 658 pp. plus advertisement leaf, folding frontispiece of manuscript, 13 plates; untrimmed; ex-library copy with stamps to endpapers only. Original cloth, minor wear to top and bottom of spine, partly split at top of rear joint. First edition. Published posthumously. Clifford (1845-1879) moved from Trinity College Cambridge in 1871 to take up the professorship of applied mathematics at University College, London. In 1874 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society for, among other things, his distinction in 'the metaphysics of geometrical and physical science'. The last few years of his life were plagued with ill health but were among the most mathematically productive. In his paper 'On the Space-Theory of Matter' (1870) - included as Paper V in 'Mathematical Papers' - he argued that energy and matter are simply different types of curvature of space, and he presents ideas which were to form a fundamental role in Einstein's general theory of relativity some years later. Seller Inventory # 072077