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Harmonia Mensurarum

£1,700.00

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Published in 1722 this book is in poor condition but it is complete. The front and rear boards are detached, very worn around the edges and in places on the surface the leather is flaking off. The front cover is still attached to the front end paper which is also a title page. They are covered in embossed leather, the pattern is still visible. The leather on the spine is very fragile and split in parts. Inside the front cover a name plate is tipped, the name on it is John Ord of Lincoln's Inn and dated 1761. On the facing title page another previous owner's name is written in ink. There are some very tanned pieces of paper just inside which have no visible printing on them. The next page is blank and detached. That is followed by the full title page which is attached. Pp107 - 125 are also detached. All the script on the title page is in Latin as is the whole text. Internally there is some light foxing but the book is remarkably clean and bright for the most part, given its age. It is illustrated with mathematical drawings. Roger Cotes had been a student of Isaac Newton's and had worked closely with him in the preparation of the second edition of Principia. Sadly Cotes died from a fever in 1716 at the age of 33 prompting Newton to say "if he had lived, we might have known something". For the last nine years of his life he was the first Chair of the Plumian Professorship at Cambridge University. He published only one scientific paper during his lifetime entitled "Logometria" in which he successfully constructs the logarithmic spiral. His successor at Trinity College Cambridge, Robert Smith edited his mathematical papers posthumously, and these are published here. This book contains "the first version of the Newton-Cotes formula for evaluating the area under a curve of nth degree and a method for evaluating the most probable result of a set of operations that closely approaches that of least squares." Professor Morgan called it "the earliest work in which decided progress was made in the application of logarithms and of the properties of the circle of the calculus of fluents."

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Author(s):
Cotes, Roger
Condition:
Poor
Dimensions:
10 x 8 Ins, 25.5 x 20 Cms
Edition:
First
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
125
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Harmonia Mensurarum

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Published in 1722 this book is in poor condition but it is complete. The front and rear boards are detached, very worn around the edges and in places on the surface the leather is flaking off. The front cover is still attached to the front end paper which is also a title page. They are covered in embossed leather, the pattern is still visible. The leather on the spine is very fragile and split in parts. Inside the front cover a name plate is tipped, the name on it is John Ord of Lincoln's Inn and dated 1761. On the facing title page another previous owner's name is written in ink. There are some very tanned pieces of paper just inside which have no visible printing on them. The next page is blank and detached. That is followed by the full title page which is attached. Pp107 - 125 are also detached. All the script on the title page is in Latin as is the whole text. Internally there is some light foxing but the book is remarkably clean and bright for the most part, given its age. It is illustrated with mathematical drawings. Roger Cotes had been a student of Isaac Newton's and had worked closely with him in the preparation of the second edition of Principia. Sadly Cotes died from a fever in 1716 at the age of 33 prompting Newton to say "if he had lived, we might have known something". For the last nine years of his life he was the first Chair of the Plumian Professorship at Cambridge University. He published only one scientific paper during his lifetime entitled "Logometria" in which he successfully constructs the logarithmic spiral. His successor at Trinity College Cambridge, Robert Smith edited his mathematical papers posthumously, and these are published here. This book contains "the first version of the Newton-Cotes formula for evaluating the area under a curve of nth degree and a method for evaluating the most probable result of a set of operations that closely approaches that of least squares." Professor Morgan called it "the earliest work in which decided progress was made in the application of logarithms and of the properties of the circle of the calculus of fluents."

Author(s):
Cotes, Roger
Condition:
Poor
Dimensions:
10 x 8 Ins, 25.5 x 20 Cms
Edition:
First
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
125
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Harmonia Mensurarum

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