AN ELEMENTARY INVESTIGATION OF THE THEORY OF NUMBERS...
Edition: First edition
London: J. Johnson, 1811. Octavo, pp (iii)-(xvi), 507, (3, ads). Original boards, page edges untrimmed. Lacking the half-title leaf. Spine lacking, recent rice paper spine and recent spine label. Front inner hinge repaired with old cloth tape and recent archival paper tape; evidence of removed labels from endpapers front and rear; ink ownership name Thomas Smith, Trinity College, Cambridge, April, 1822. Boards have damp stains, edge wear, corners rounded from wear. Text has occasional foxing but clean and unworn, now tight in the binding. Peter Barlow, F.R.S., 1776-1862, self-educated, was a mathematics master at the Royal Military Academy 1801-47. In 1814 he published NEW MATHEMATICAL TABLES, which became known as Barlow's Tables. They gave the squares, cubes, square roots, cube roots, and reciprocals of all integer numbers from 1 to 10,000. These tables were regularly reprinted until 1965 when computers rendered them obsolete. He helped develope the Barlow lens which in a modified form is still in use today in astronomy. He won the Royal Society's Copley Medal for his work correcting the deviation of ship's compasses caused by iron in the hulls and invented an early electric motor." Perhaps the British mathematican of this period who showed the greatest genius, or at any rate the greatest perseverance, was Peter Barlow. Born of humble parents, he became one of the leading writers of England on the theory of numbers.. " - Smith, History. of Mathematics, I, 460. Barlow's first book.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover