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Look Inside A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth

A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth
From the Time of Newton to that of Laplace

Volume 2

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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108084581

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  • Newton's Principia paints a picture of the earth as a spinning, gravitating ball. However, the earth is not completely rigid and the interplay of forces will modify its shape in subtle ways. Newton predicted a flattening at the poles, yet others disagreed. Plenty of books have described the expeditions which sought to measure the shape of the earth, but very little has appeared on the mathematics of a problem, which remains of enduring interest even in an age of satellites. Published in 1874, this two-volume work by Isaac Todhunter (1820–84), perhaps the greatest Victorian historian of mathematics, takes the mathematical story from Newton, through the expeditions which settled the matter in Newton's favour, to the investigations of Laplace which opened a new era in mathematical physics. Volume 2 is largely devoted to the work of Laplace, tracing developments up to 1825.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108084581
    • length: 518 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    19. Laplace's first three memoirs
    20. Legendre's first memoir
    21. Laplace's treatise
    22. Legendre's second memoir
    23. Laplace's fourth, fifth, and sixth memoirs
    24. Legendre's third memoir
    25. Legendre's fourth memoir
    26. Laplace's seventh memoir
    27. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1781 and 1800
    28. Laplace, Mécanique céleste, first and second volumes
    29. Laplace's theorem
    30. Laplace's equation
    31. Partial differential equation for V
    32. Laplace's second method of treating Legendre's problem
    33. Laplace's memoirs
    34. Fifth volume of the Mécanique céleste
    35. Poisson
    36. Ivory
    37. Plana
    38. Miscellaneous investigations between the years 1801 and 1825
    Index.

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    Isaac Todhunter

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