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Physical and Celestial Mechanics. …Developed in Four Systems of Analytic Mechanics, Celestial Mechanics, Potential Physics, and Analytic Morphology. A System of Analytical Mechanics.

PEIRCE, Benjamin (1809-1880).

Published by Little, Brown, 1855., Boston:, 1855
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4to. xxxix, [1 blank], 496 pp. Subscriber's list, folding plate, index. Original blind-stamped pebbled brown cloth, spine replaced in quarter similarly grained black cloth; extremities lightly rubbed, front corners showing. Presentation bookplate from Charles Sanders Peirce (institutional holograph inscription) to Harvard College, with matching rubber stamps (withdrawn stamp, as duplicate). CHARLES SANDERS PEIRCE'S COPY. RARE. Very good. FIRST EDITION of Peirce's renowned System of Analytical Mechanics, "the first American textbook in this field, and one of the most original of Peirce's books" (Struik, pp. 414-415). The first title-page bearing the full title of Physical and Celestial Mechanics is followed by a second with the title A System of Analytical Mechanics. Although the subtitle of the first suggests four systems in total, Analytical Mechanics was the only part Peirce actually wrote. "At the time of the publication of his 'Systems of Analytical Mechanics,' Professor Peirce announced that the volume would be followed by three others, entitled respectively: 'Celestial Mechanics,' 'Potential Physics,' and 'Analytical Morphology.' These three volumes were never published" (Finkel, p. 464). "In 1842, Peirce was named Perkins Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics, a newly endowed professorship. By that time, qualified Harvard students devoted two years of study to Peirce's book Curves and Functions, for which he had prepared notes. Ambitious seniors might progress to Poisson's Mecanique Analytique, which he would replace in 1855 with his own textbook, A System of Analytical Mechanics. This was fittingly dedicated to 'My master in science, NATHANIEL BOWDITCH, the father of American Geometry'" (Birkhoff, p. 6). "Born in 1809, Benjamin Peirce was Harvard's Perkins Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics for nearly forty years, and America's leading mathematician. He was largely responsible for introducing mathematics as a subject for research in American institutions, and he is known especially for his contributions to analytic mechanics and linear associative algebra. He helped organize the Smithsonian Institution, and from 1867 to 1874 served as superintendent of the United States Coast Survey. Benjamin Peirce was widely regarded as the most powerful mind so far produced in the United States" (Peirce, pp. xix-xx). PROVENANCE: Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was the second son of Benjamin Peirce and a widely celebrated scholar in his own right. Peirce was a "philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist, sometimes known as 'the father of pragmatism.' He was educated as a chemist and employed as a scientist for 30 years. Today he is appreciated largely for his contributions to logic, mathematics, philosophy, scientific methodology, and semiotics, and for his founding of pragmatism" (Wikipedia).BIBLIOGRAPHY: Birkhoff, Garrett, "Mathematics at Harvard, 1836-1944," A Century of Mathematics in America, Pt. II, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 1989, 3-58 pp.; Finkel, Benjamin Franklin, A Mathematical Solution Book, Springfield, MO: Kibler, 1888; Peirce, Charles Sanders, Writings of Charles S. Peirce: 1879-1884, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989; Roberts, Verne L., Catalogue of Books from the Bibliotheca Mechanica, London: Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 2002, p. 248; Struik, Dirk Jan, Yankee Science in the Making, Mineola, NY: Dover, 1991; Trubner, Nicolas, Trubner's Bibliographical Guide to American Literature, London: Trubner, 1859, p. 513. Bookseller Inventory # S11803

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Title: Physical and Celestial Mechanics. …...

Publisher: Little, Brown, 1855., Boston:

Publication Date: 1855

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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