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DERHAM, William]
The Artificial Clock-maker
James, John and Paul Knapton, London, 1734. [14], 140 p. interspersed with plates. 17 cm. One in-text illustration or plate, 6 fold-out plates. Full leather. Corners worn, boards rubbed. Chip at bottom of title page with slight loss of publishing info. Some stains throughout. Title continues: "A Treatise of Watch and Clock-work, Shewing to the meanest Capacities, the Art of Calculating Numbers to all Sorts of Movements; the Way to Alter Clock-work; to Make Chimes, and Set them to Musical Notes; and to Calculate and Correct the Motion of Pendulums. Also Numbers for divers Movements: With the Antient and Modern History of Clock-work; And many Instruments, Tables, and other Matters, never before published in any other Book." William Durham (1657-1735) was a Church of England clergyman and an amateur scientist interested in nature, mathematics, and philosophy. In 1696 he first published The Artificial Clockmaker, which included a short history of horology. Derham knew many of the leading scientists of his time, including Isaac Newton and astronomer Edmond Halley, and was himself elected to the Royal Society. It was Derham who first accurately calculated the speed of sound by observing the times at which gun flashes from various points were heard; he published his findings in the Transactions of the Royal Society. Fourth Edition. "To The Reader" from third edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Attic Books (ABAC, ILAB) [London, ON, Canada]
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