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TRACTS, PHYSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL. Containing an explication of several important points in physical astronomy; and, a new method for ascertaining the sun's distance from the earth, by the theory of gravity.
London, A. Millar and J. Nourse; Edinburgh, W. Sands, and A. Kindkaid & J. Bell, 1761.FIRST EDITION 1761, 8vo, approximately 220 x 130 mm, 8ΒΌ x 5 inches, 19 folding plates of diagrams, pages: vii, 411, bound in modern quarter sprinkled calf over marbled sides, gilt rules to spine and original gilt lettered morocco label from the original binding, edges speckled blue, new endpapers. Name in top margin of title page erased resulting in tiny tear and tiny hole in paper, occasional pale foxing, 1 folding plate slightly dusty at fore - edge, otherwise contents clean and bright. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy. Dr Matthew Stewart (1717 - 1785) was an eminent geometrician and professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh from 1746, the year he published his General Theorems which established his reputation. At Edinburgh "Stewart's interests turned to astronomy and natural philosophy; and he displayed great ingenuity in devising purely geometrical proofs of results in these subjects that had previously been established by the use of algebraic and analytical methods. Examples of this kind are to be seen in his Tracts physical and mathematical" Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Volume Xlll, page 54. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. POSTAGE AT COST.
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