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Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews
With Addresses and Other Pieces


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Astronomy

  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108069656

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  • First published in 1857, this work comprises assorted noteworthy writings by the mathematician and astronomer Sir John Herschel (1792–1871), reflecting his diverse scientific and literary interests. It includes a piece on terrestrial magnetism, a review of William Whewell's writings on the history and philosophy of science, and several addresses to the Royal Astronomical Society. Of particular interest is Herschel's commentary on Adolphe Quetelet's work on probability, which advocated applying statistics and probability calculus to social and political questions. Herschel's article not only influenced the growth of social science in Britain, but also played an important role in James Clerk Maxwell's development of a statistical treatment of heat phenomena. Also included in this collection are Herschel's translations of poems by Schiller (accompanied by the original German) as well as examples of his own verse. In an intriguing appendix, Herschel outlines a method for compiling vocabularies of indigenous peoples.

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108069656
    • length: 760 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Address to the subscribers to the Windsor and Eton Public Library
    2. Mechanism of the heavens
    3. Terrestrial magnetism
    4. Inductive sciences
    5. Kosmos
    6. Probabilities
    7. Address to the Royal Astronomical Society, 1827
    8. Address to the Royal Astronomical Society, 1828
    9. Address to the Royal Astronomical Society, 1829
    10. Address to the Royal Astronomical Society, 1840
    11. Address to the Royal Astronomical Society, 1841
    12. Memoir of the late F. Baily
    13. Address to the Royal Astronomical Society, 1849
    14. Address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science
    15. The walk
    16. Funeral dirge of a Nadowessie
    17. Dithyrambics
    18. Saying of Confucius - time
    19. Saying of Confucius - space
    20. Leonora
    21. Prose and verses
    22. To the lark
    23. Man the interpreter of nature
    24. A scene in Ely cathedral
    25. Mira
    26. The parting dove
    27. On burning a parcel of old MSS
    28. A dream which was not all a dream
    29. Appendix.

  • Author

    John Herschel

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