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Physices Elementa Mathematica, Experimentis Confirmata...

Fourth edtion, corrected and enlarged; this is the last and best edition. This “was easily the most influential book of its kind, at least before 1750. It was a larger, better-argued, and more philosophical work than most of its predecessors; moreover, it leaned heavily on ‘Opticks’ (including the queries) as well as on the ‘Principia...’ The strength of his exposition was in his perfection of the method of justifying scientific truths either by self-evidence or by appeal to experimental verification in the manner already begun by Keill and Desaguliers, perfected by him through the design of many new instruments constructed by the instrument maker Jan van Musschenbroek, brother.”

Many experiments are described in this book and the plates depict numerous kinds of apparatus including electrical and optical instruments (microscopes and telescopes).

Gravesande (1688-1742), professor of mathematics and astronomy at Leyden, was the earliest influential exponent of the Newtonian philosophy in continental Europe.


ID: 1999-00146
Gravesande, Willem Jacob's

Creation Jan. 1, 1748 through Dec. 31, 1748

MEDIUM: Bound, Vellum Over Boards; FORMAT: Book; QUANTITY: 2 vols.

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