Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Volume 3

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Volume 3

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ... algebra, though much has been done to reunite them by the very valuable and original researches of that distinguished analyst M. Libii, of Florence, who has been recently naturalized in France, and who has succeeded M. LeGendre in his place in the Institute.-The work of M. I1eGendre, on Geometry, has enjoyed a singular reputation, and has been most extensively used, particularly on the continent of Europe, in the business of education. It may be doubted, however, whether this work has altogether merited the high character which it has obtained: it has rather increased than cleared away the difficulties of the theory of parallels, which have so long embarrassed the admirers of ancient geometry and of the Elements of Euclid; and it has not succeeded, at least in any essential degree, in adding to the simplicity of the demonstrations, or to the clear and logical connexion and succession of the propositions of that unrivalled and unique elementary work, which has alone maintained its place amongst all civilized nations for more than two thousand years. It is proper, however, to observe that the notes appended to this work are full of valuable and original remarks, and are justly celebrated for the elegance of the demonstrations which they furnish of many important propositions. M. LeGendre was the author of many other works and memoirs, containing many valuable series of investigations, and very important discoveries. He first attacked the great problem of the determination of the orbits of comets by-general methods, which display all the resources of his analysis; though astronomers have not found it expe dient to make use of his methods in the actual calculation of their elements, which is the only proper test of their practical value, more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236827066
  • 9781236827067