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A Treatise on the Motion of Vortex Rings. An Essay to which the Adams Prize was adjudged in 1882, in the University of Cambridge.


Published by London, MacMillan, 1883., 1883
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First Edition (also published with a New York imprint). xix, 124 pp. Original cloth. Spine a bit rubbed, else Very Good. Copy of Joseph William Mellor (1869-1938), with his signature (dated 1893), two lines of neat notes at the top of the half title and again at the top of the rear flyleaf. 'During the First World War Mellor's research was directed towards refractories, high-temperature ceramics relevant to the steel industry and thus the war effort. In 1927 Mellor became the second person to be elected to the Royal Society for work related to ceramics, the first having been Josiah Wedgewood in the eighteenth century. Mellor's publications include a sixteen-volume Comprehensive Treatise on inorganic chemistry, which after Mellor's death in 1938 was updated by other experts' (Wikipedia). 'The theory apppealed to Thomson's romantic strain, to his recurrent wish for a quantitative, mechanistic, and 'ultimate' - by which he meant not 'unique' but parsimonious - account of the physical world. In this sense the theory of the vortex atom is perhaps the most fundamental ever started, for it hoped to make do with nothing besides the several perfections of its primitive fluid and pure mathematical analysis. 'The difficulties of this method are enormous,' Maxwell had written, 'but the glory of surmounting them would be unique.' Thomson's Treatise is perhaps the most glorious episode in this hopeless struggle' (J. L. Heilbron, D. S. B. XIII: 362-3). Joseph John Thomson: Nobel Prize, Physics, 1906, 'in recognition of the great merits of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases.'. Bookseller Inventory # 07901

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Title: A Treatise on the Motion of Vortex Rings. An...

Publisher: London, MacMillan, 1883.

Publication Date: 1883

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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