Dictionar of National Biography

Dictionar of National Biography

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...in a 'strong, racy, Saxon style, ' abounding in humorous illustration. This 'Catechism'--which was described by Sir John Bowring q. v. as 'one of the most masterly and pungent exposures of fallacies' ever published--purported to be written by a member of the university of Cambridge. It at once obtained wide popularity, no fewer than eighteen editions passing through the press by 1834. An immediate effect of the publication of the 'Catechism' was the election of Thompson as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1828. In 1829 he struck upon a new lino of literary effort by writing 'Instructions to my Daughter for playing on the Enharmonic Guitar; being an attempt to effect the execution of correct harmony on principles analogous to those of the ancient Enharmonic' (his enharmonic organ, constructed in accordance with his theory, was shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and 'honourably mentioned' in the reports of the juries. It is still to be seen in the South Kensington Museum). Slightly varying his literary work, he next published, in 1830, a mathematical treatise, 'Geometry without VOL. LTI. Axioms, ' which he described as an endeavour to get rid of axioms, and particularly to establish the theory of parallel lines without recourse to any principle not founded on previous demonstration. The work went through many editions, but having been well translated by M. van Tenac, professor of mathematics at the royal establishment at Rochefort, received more recognition from students in France than at home. Meanwhile, in 1829 Thompson became the proprietor of the 'Westminster Review, ' and for the seven years that he owned it he was the most prolific contributor, writing upwards of a hundred articles. One of these, in support of catholic emancipation, ...
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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 680g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698305X
  • 9781236983053