A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth 2 Volume Set (Blandet mediaprodukt)

From the Time of Newton to that of Laplace

Serie: Cambridge Library Collection - Mathematics 

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Innbinding: Blandet mediaprodukt
Utgivelsesår: 2015
Antall sider: 1036
Forlag: Cambridge University Press
Språk: Engelsk
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ISBN/EAN: 9781108084598
Omtale A History of the Mathematical Theories of Attraction and the Figure of the Earth 2 Volume Set
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. Several of Todhunter's other works, including his History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability (1865) are also reissued in this series.

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