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Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge #240. Problems of Rotary Motion Presented by the Gyroscope, The Precession of the Equinoxes , and The Pendulum. Vol. XIX, 1872

Barnard, Brevet Maj.-Gen. J[ohn] G[ross]

Published by Smithsonian Institution., Washington, DC., 1871
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52 pp. Fo. Printed grey paper wraps. This document contains three significant scientific articles on the gyroscope, the rotation of the earth and the pendulum by J. G. Barnard. There is also an Addendum. They show Barnard's proficiency in the mathematics of the calculus as well as his imaginative insights into the gyroscope and other fields of science. John Gross Barnard (1815-82) of Sheffield, Massachusetts, was the brother of Frederick A. P. Barnard, an educator, President of Columbia University and namesake of Barnard College. John G. Barnard was a distinguished engineer, mathematician and historian. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at age 18 yrs. and was a distinguished American Military Officer in the Civil War. He designed coastal defenses, and, having attracted the attention of General U. S. Grant, was appointed Chief Engineer for the Defense of Washington, the Army of the Potomac and later for the Armies in the Field, when he was appointed also to General Grant's Staff. He had succeeded Robert E. Lee as Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy 1855-56. He later co-founded the National Academy of Sciences and authored numerous publications besides this. Inscribed to "Prof. C***ke [? Clarke or Cooke] with respects of J. G. Barnard". Covers detached. Spine gone. Numerous chips on edges of covers, encroaching on inscription. Some pages uncut. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 11493

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Title: Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge #240....

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution., Washington, DC.

Publication Date: 1871

Edition: First Edition.

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