Theorie Analytique du Systeme du Monde. [3 volumes].
by LE DOULCET PONTECOULANT, Philippe Gustave, Comte de (1795-1874).
Paris:: Bachelier, 1829-1834., 1829. 3 volumes. 8vo. xxviii, 508; xiv, , 504; xxi, , 563, , 57,  pp. Light foxing. Contemporary gilt-stamped half dark brown morocco, raised bands, brown cloth, by E. Watson of Paddington Street [London] (with his binder's ticket); extremities worn. Bookplate of St. Edmund's College Library; library markings. Very good. First edition of Pontecoulant "great work." - Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. "In his Theorie analytique du systeme du monde, Pontecoulant successfully made the Mecanique Celeste of Pierre de Laplace more accessible to a popular audience in France and England and, via translation, in Germany. This work included Pontecoulant's calculation that the perihelion of Halley's comet (IP/Halley) would occur on 31 October 1835, within 3 days of the actual event. Pontecoulant was a member of several scientific societies; a lunar crater at latitude 58°.7???S and longitude 66°.0 E is named in his honor." – Marvin Bolt, within: Hockey, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, I, p. 686. A fourth volume appeared in 1846. / Pontecoulant had a career serving in the military, when upon retirement he devoted himself to the pursuit of mathematics and astronomy. He was able to predict, with reasonable accuracy (yet not perfect), the return of Halley's comet in 1829. He was a member of the French Academy of Sciences and the Royal Astronomical Society.
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