The American Cyclopaedia; A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge Volume 8

The American Cyclopaedia; A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...While in Paris with Lord Castlereagh in 1815 he succeeded in bringing about the restoration to Italy of the works of art which the French had seized on various occasions. HAMILTON, Sir William Kowan, a British philosopher, born in Dublin, Aug. 4, 1805, died at Dunsink, near Dublin, Sept. 2, 1865. He gave early indications of extraordinary intellectual powers, and when 13 years old he was in different degrees acquainted with 13 languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, German, Syriac, Persian, Sanskrit, Ilindostanee, and Malay. At 14 years of age he addressed a letter of greeting in the Persian language to the Persian ambassador, Mirza Abu Hassan Khan. Falling in with a Latin copy of Euclid when 10 years old, he soon became interested in geometry, and at 12 he was fully confirmed in his taste for algebra. He studied the Arithmetica Universalis and the Principia of Newton, and the Mecanique celeste of Laplace, while in his 18th year, and about the same time entered upon his investigations in optics. In 1823 he entered the university of Dublin, where he at once gained the first place, and at every quarterly examination obtained the chief honor in science and the classics. In 1827, while still an undergraduate, he was appointed Andrews professor of astronomy in the university and astronomer royal of Ireland. In 1837 he was elected president of the royal Irish academy. The honor of knighthood was conferred upon him at the meeting of the British association for the advancement of science at Dublin in 1835, when Hamilton held the post of secretary and delivered the annual address. He engaged in numerous investigations on scientific subjects, published in the "Transactions" and "Proceedings" of the royal Irish academy and...show more

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  • Paperback | 756 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,324g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236936337
  • 9781236936332