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Philosophy in Sport Made Science in Earnest

Philosophy in Sport Made Science in Earnest
Being an Attempt to Illustrate the First Principles of Natural Philosophy by the Aid of the Popular Toys and Sports
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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108057424

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  • John Ayrton Paris (1785–1856), writer and physician, became a member of the Linnean Society in 1810, and served as president of the Royal College of Physicians from 1844 until his death. Intended for children and originally composed for the author's family, this three-volume work about science was first published in 1827. Dedicated to the writer Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849) and with illustrations by George Cruikshank (1792–1878), it aims 'to blend amusement with instruction', since youth, as Paris writes, 'is naturally addicted to amusement'. Topics covered include momentum, geometry, elasticity and the collision of bodies; the science behind these is demonstrated using a yo-yo, a jack-in-the-box, marbles and a slingshot, among various other toys and games. A fascinating and popular text in the history of science education, the engaging narrative seeks to prove 'how profitably, and agreeably, the machinery of fiction may be worked for the dissemination of truth'.

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    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108057424
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 61 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Tom Seymour's arrival from school
    2. Mr Twaddleton's arrival, and reception
    3. On gravitation
    4. Motion
    5. A sad accident turned to good account
    6. Elasticity
    7. The vicar's interview with Major Snapwell
    8. The subject of rotary motion continued
    9. Miss Kitty Ryland's departure for London
    10. Miss Kitty Ryland's adventures in London. Volume 2:
    1. Marbles
    2. The sucker
    3. The soap-bubble
    The kite
    5. A short discourse
    6. The arrival of Isabella Villers
    7. Musical instruments
    8. The vicar pays his diurnal visit
    9. A short but interesting chapter. Volume 3:
    1. A communication
    2. The vicar's sermon
    3. A short dialogue
    Additional notes to Volume 1
    Additional notes to Volume 2
    Additional notes to Volume 3.

  • Author

    John Ayrton Paris

    Illustrated by

    George Cruikshank

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