.Berolini [i.e. Berlin]: Sumtibus Ambr. Haude & Jo. Carol. Speneri, 1746. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good. Quarto. I. Solutio problematis mechanici de motu corporum tubis mobilibus inclusorum./ II. Nova tabulae astronomicae motuum solis ac lunae./ III. Nova theoria lucis et colorum./ IV. De perturbatione motus planetarum a resistentia aetheris orta./ an materiae facultas cogitandi tribui possit? VI. Recherches sur la nature des moindres particules des corps. 300pp., six (6) folding plates situated at the rear; bound in full contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, red morocco label, gilt within one compartment, others lavishly gilt; marbled endpapers, all edges red. Booksellers' ticket "Mrs. Courcier, Paris." Upper board just a bit bowed with short splits at head and foot of upper joint, text lightly toned with some spots of foxing. Edges rubbed with corners a bit worn. In all, a very good copy of the first volume to be published. Two other volumes were later published in 1750-51. Euler was a Swiss mathematician who was tutored by Johann Bernoulli. He worked at the Petersburg Academy and Berlin Academy of Science. He had a phenomenal memory, and once did a calculation in his head to settle an argument between students whose computations differed in the fiftieth decimal place. Euler lost sight in his right eye in 1735, and in his left eye in 1766. Nevertheless, aided by his phenomenal memory (and having practiced writing on a large slate when his sight was failing him), he continued to publish his results by dictating them. He won the Paris Academy Prize 12 times. Euler systematized mathematics by introducing new mathematical symbols and with major contributions in optics, mechanics, electricity, and magnetism. Euler was the most prolific mathematical writer of all times finding time (even with his 13 children) to publish over 800 papers in his lifetime. In a testament to Euler's proficiency in all branches of mathematics, the great French mathematician and celestial mechanic Pierre Laplace told his students, "Read Euler, read Euler, he is our master in everything". [Eric Weisstein]. (Inventory #: 6076)
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