Mecanique analitique.

LAGRANGE, J.L.

Published by Courcier 1811-1815, 1811
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Two volumes. 4to. [ii], vi, 422, [6] (errata and index, which is misbound and should be pp. vii-x following the avertissement); viii, 378 pp. Beautiful contemporary prize binding of full calf, gilt supra-libros of the Academie de Paris, Prix du Concours Général, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt; moderate staining in Volume II, otherwise a loveley set. Second edition of the author’s masterpiece which laid the foundation of modern mechanics. "Perhaps the most beautiful mathematical treatise in existence; called by Hamilton, ‘a kind of scientific poem.’ It contains the discovery of the general equations of motion, the first epochal contribution to theoretical dynamics after Newton’s Principia, next to which it has been ranked" (Evans). The book is divided into two parts: statics and dynamics, each of which addresses the subdivisions of solid bodies and fluids. Lagrange presents his discovery of the general equations of motions applicable to any system of bodies, having improved upon the calculus of variation set forth by the Bernoullis and Euler by substituting analytical treatment for their geometrical one.The original mechanique analytique was published in 1788; Lagrange decided that the work should have a second edition incorporating certain advances. "In the Mémoires de l’Institut he had earlier published some essays that represented a last, brilliant contribution to the development of celestial mechanics. Among them were ‘Mémoire sur la théorie générale de la variation des constantes arbitraires dans tous les problèmes de la mecanique’ and a second memoir further refining his theories" (DSB, VII, p. 570). It was, according to Lagrange, necessary to incorporate the theory and certain of its applications to celestial mechanics into the work of 1788.Lagrange (1763-1813) was born in Turin and studied under Beccaria. He is noted for his contributions to mathematics, celestial mechanics and astronomy. Ball considered him the foremost mathematician of his period. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Mecanique analitique.
Publisher: Courcier 1811-1815
Publication Date: 1811
Edition: SECOND EDITION.

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Book Description La Veuve DeSaint, Paris, 1788. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary polished calf, spine with morocco label and gilt floriated compartmental designs, covers with gilt borders, gilt dentelles and marbled edges; a3 with small stain in paper, and other than some occasional soiling and browning, interior clean. From the library of H.C. Schumacher with his small ownership inscription dated 1810 on the verso of half-title. First edition of the author's masterpiece which laid the foundation of modern mechanics. "Perhaps the most beautiful mathematical treatise in existence; called by Hamilton, 'a kind of scientific poem.' It contains the discovery of the general equations of motion, the first epochal contribution to theoretical dynamics after Newton's Principia, next to which it has been ranked" (Evans). The book is divided into two parts: statics and dynamics, each of which addresses the subdivisions of solid bodies and fluids. Lagrange presents his discovery of the general equations of motions applicable to any system of bodies, having improved upon the calculus of variation set forth by the Bernoullis and Euler by substituting analytical treatment for their geometrical one.Lagrange (1763-1813) was born in Turin and studied under Beccaria. He is noted for his contributions to mathematics, celestial mechanics and astronomy. Ball considered him the foremost mathematician of his period.Schumacher (1780-1850), who studied astronomy under the direction of his good friend Gauss, established an observatory in Altona in 1821. He also founded the journal Astronomische Nachrichten in 1823, which is still published today. Bookseller Inventory # 13942

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