London:: Macmillan, 1895., 1895. Series: Nature Series. Sm. 8vo. viii, , 151,  pp. Double-page color frontis., 29 figs., index. Original dark green blind- and gilt-stamped cloth. Very good. First issued in 1874, this was a popular work at the time of its publication, Polarisation of Light went through a number of editions. Chapters include: Methods of Polarisation, Double Refraction—Polariscopes, Circular Polarisation by Reflexion, Phenomena Produced by Mechanical Means—Un-Annealed Glass, Rings and Brushes Produced by Crystal Plates, Composition of Colours by Polarised Light, etc. Spottiswoode was an English mathematician and physicist. "Around 1870 there were major changes to the direction of Spottiswoode's research. This was a time when he received high office in a number of societies, being president of the London Mathematical Society from 1870 to 1872 and, from 1871 to 1878, being treasurer of the Royal Society. He was also treasurer of the Royal Institution from 1865 to 1873. In 1878 Spottiswoode was elected president of the Royal Society and remained president until his death in 1883. Also in the year 1878 he was president of the British Association for its Dublin meeting. At the Dublin meeting he gave his presidential address on the growth of mechanised invention applied to mathematics." – J. J. O'Connor and E. F. Robertson, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland [web source].
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