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Méchanique analitique - LAGRANGE, Joseph Louis de - 1788. 
Veuve Desaint, Paris 1788 - First edition of "perhaps the most beautiful mathematical treatise in existence. It contains the discovery of the general equations of motion, the first epochal contribution to theoretical dynamics after Newtons Principia" (Evans). "Lagrange's masterpiece, the Méchanique Analitique (Paris, 1788), laid the foundations of modern mechanics, and occupies a place in the history of the subject second only to that of Newtons Principia." ?Grolier/Horblit 61; Evans 10; Dibner 112; Sparrow 120; Norman 1257."With the appearance of the Mecanique Analytique in 1788, Lagrange proposed to reduce the theory of mechanics and the art of solving problems in that field to general formulas, the mere development of which would yield all the equations necessary for the solution of every problem . [it] united and presented from a single point of view the various principles of mechanics, demonstrated their connection and mutual dependence, and made it possible to judge their validity and scope." (DSB). "In the preface of the book La Grange proudly points to the complete absence of diagrams, so lucid is his presentation. He regarded mechanics (statics and dynamics) as a geometry of four dimensions and in this book set down the principle of virtual velocities as applied to mechanics." (Dibner). 4to (250 x 195 mm), pp [i-v] vi-xii, [1-] 2-512, contemporary half calf, small chip to the upper capital, light wear to corner, otherwise fine and unrestored, internally a fresh and clean throughout. [Attributes: First Edition]
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