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Simpson, Thomas
Mathematical Dissertations on a Variety of Physical and Analytical Subjects.
T. Woodward, London. 1743. First edition. viii, 168pp. a woodcut head-piece and diagrams within the text. Thomas Simpson FRS (1710-1761) was a British mathematician and inventor known for the eponymous Simpson's rule to approximate definite integrals, although the attribution, as often in mathematics, can be debated. The present work is a collection of sixteen papers, one of which had previously been read before the Royal Society. The title page continues to read: "Containing, among other Particulars, A Demonstration of the true Figure which the Earth or any Planet must acquire from its Roataion abunt and Axis. A general Investigation of the Attraction at the Surfaces of Bodies nearly spherical. A Determination of the meridional Parts, and the Lengths of the several Degrees of the Meridian according to the true Figure of the Earth. An Investigation of the Height of the Tides in the Ocean. A new Theory of Astronomical Refractions, with exact Tables deduced therefrom. A new and very exact Method for approximating the Roots of Equations in Numbers; that quintupples the Number of Places at each Operation. Several new Methods for the Summation of Series. Some new and very useful Improvements in the inverse Method of Fluxions. The whole in a general and perspicuous manner." The book is bound in contemporary full leather boards with worn gold decoration and five raised bands on the spine. The title label is missing. The case of the book is in very good condition with some expected signs of its age. There is scuffing to the leather with small pieces missing from around the front co … [Click Below for Full Description]
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