Trigonometry. On the Figure of the Earth. Tides and Waves


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With 11 plates (1 folding). Contemporary polished calf, worn and stained on the top cover, spine with elaborate gilt, gilt arms of the University of Glasgow on both covers; marbled endpapers, interior excellent. Bookplate of the University of Glasgow, with the presentation signature of William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin) dated 1857, with his note, to Joannes Richardson McDougall. First book edition of Airy's contributions to the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. The first work on trigonometry was published in 1827. It appears to be a straight-forward course covering basic, plane, and spherical trigonometry, as well as more advanced work on geodetic operations and construction of trigonometrical tables. The second article on the figure of the earth, one of his most famous papers, published in 1830, describes various methods of measurement, treats pendulums, and discusses the determination of the earth's mean density. The final work on tides and waves, published in 1842, reveals the various theories and explanations of tides, details experiments related to waves, and concludes with a "desiderata in the theory and observations of tides."Airy (1801-1892), British mathematician and astronomer, was the Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. He established Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. He received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society for his work in mathematical physics, though was better known for his astronomical researches related to planetary orbits and the establishment of the prime meridian. The Encyclopaedia Metropolitana, founded as a competitor to the Encyclopedia Britannica, was published between 1817 and 1845. Its mission was to allow open access through its articles to all of science and the systematic arts. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Trigonometry. On the Figure of the Earth. ...
Publisher: n.p.
Publication Date: 1845

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