1858 · Paris:
by JAMIN, Jules Celestin (1818-1886).
Paris:: Mallet-Bachelier, 1858., 1858. 3 volumes (with vol. I in 2 parts). Tall 8vo. xvi, 532, viii, 214; xiv, 644; xvi, 804 pp. 8 engraved folding plates, 943 figs.; foxed. Contemporary quarter black gilt-stamped morocco, marbled boards, raised bands; scuffed. Signed by the publisher. Very good. Jamin was a professor of physics at l'Ecole Polytechnique and received the Rumford Medal (at the time one of the highest honors in the field) in 1858 for his work on light. His name is one of the 72 inscribed on the Eiffel Tower. The first volume contains "the materials required for admission to the school," while the second two are made up of "all the subjects dealt with at l'Ecole Polytechnique during the two years of studies." The first book is composed of chapters on basic physics, such as "inertia," "uniform movement," "independence of the effects of simultaneous forces," "Pascal's Device," "Principle of Archimedes", "Hypothesis of latent electricity." The remaining two, which make up the curriculum taught at Ecole Polytechnique in the mid-19th century, include more technical lessons on subjects such as "evaporation and boiling," "vapor and elastic force," "The Mechanical Theory of Heat," "Sources of Heat," "On the Numerical Evaluation of Sounds," "The mode and speed of propagation of vibrations in an indefinite environment," "On the propagation of light in a homogenous environment," "On the reciprocal mechanical actions between currents and magnets."
(Inventory #: RW1132)