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Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientium
Hamburg: Friedrich Perthes und I. H. Besser, 1809 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (280 x 240 mm), xi, [1], 227, [1], 20[tables] pp., 1 engr. plate, contemp. marbled boards. Final free endpaper torn, otherwise contents bright and unfoxed. Paper over spine; corners rubbed. ---- Sparrow 81; PMM 257n; Norman 879; Dibner 114n; DSB V, p.299ff. FIRST EDITION of Gauss' important work in which he developed his methods of orbit calculations and which he put to good practical use. In January 1801 G. Piazzi had briefly observed and lost a new planet. During the rest of that year the astronomers vainly tried to relocate it. In September, as his [Gauss'] Disquisitiones was coming off the press, Gauss decided to take up the challenge. To it he applied both a more accurate orbit theory (based on the ellipse rather than the circular approximation) and improved numerical methods (based on least squares). By December the task was done, and Ceres was soon found in the predicted position. This extraordinary feat of locating a tiny, distant heavenly body from seemingly insufficient information appeared to be almost superhuman, especially since Gauss did not reveal his methods. With the Disquisitiones it established his reputation as a mathematical and scientific genius of the first order. The decade that began so auspiciously with the Disquisitiones and Ceres was decisive for Gauss. (...) It ended with Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientium (1809), in which Gauss systematically developed his methods of orbit calculation, including the theory and use of least squares." (DSB)..
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