John Playfair (1748-1819) was a Scottish mathematician and geologist best known for his defence of James Hutton's geological theories. He attended the University of St Andrews, completing his theological studies in 1770. In 1785 he was appointed joint Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, and in 1805 he was elected Professor of Natural Philosophy. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was acquainted with continental scientific developments, and was a prolific writer of scientific articles in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Review. This four-volume edition of his works was published in 1822 and is prefaced by a biography of Playfair. It includes his more important works on geology, astronomy and mathematics, together with some review articles and biographical notices. Playfair's wide interests also included gunnery, fortification, geography, navigation, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences Series|
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Table of Contents
Volume 1: Advertisement; 1. Biographical account of the late Professor Playfair; 2. Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth. Volume 2: 3. Dissertation exhibiting a general view of the progress of mathematical and physical science since the revival of letters in Europe. Volume 3: 4. On the arithmetic of impossible quantities; 5. On the causes which affect the accuracy of barometrical measurements; 6. Remarks on the astronomy of the Brahmins; 7. On the origin and investigation of porisms; 8. Observations on the trigonometrical tables of the Brahmins; 9. Theorems relating to the figure of the earth; 10. On the solids of greatest attraction; 11. On the progress of heat in spherical bodies; 12. Account of a lithological survey of Schehallien; 13. On the naval tactics of the late John Clerk, Esq. of Eldin. Volume 4: 14. Biographical account of the late Matthew Stewart, D.D.; 15. Biographical account of the late James Hutton, M.D.; 16. Biographical account of the late John Robinson, LL.D.; 17. Review of Mudge's Account of the Trigonometrical Survey of England; Review of Mechain et Delambre; 18. Base du Systéme Mètrique Décimal; 19. Review of Laplace, Traité de Mécanique Céleste; 20. Review of Le Compte rendu par l'Institut de France; 21. Review of Lambton's Measurement of an Arch of the Meridian; 22. Review of Baron De Zach, Attraction des Montagnes; 23. Review of Kater on the Pendulum.