Copenhagen: Auguste Friderich Stein, 1784.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002872
4to (257 x 213 mm). 54,  pp. including final blank. Modern plain wrappers. Untrimmed with pages unopened. Some minor foxing and light marginal browning. ----
DSB II, p.56. Very rare first edition of a prize essay by the French mathematician Jean Bernoulli in which he proposes for builiding new tables of the solar an lunar motion. Jean (or Johann III) Bernoulli (1744-1807) was grandson of Johann Bernoulli, and son of Johann II Bernoulli. He was known around the world as a child prodigy. He studied at Basel and at Neuchâtel, and when 13 years of age took the degree of doctor in philosophy. When he was 14, he got the degree of master of jurisprudence. At 19 he was appointed astronomer royal of Berlin. A year later, he reorganized the astronomical observatory at the Berlin Academy. Some years after, he visited Germany, France and England, and subsequently Italy, Courland, Russia and Poland. His travel accounts were of great cultural and historical. On his return to Berlin he was appointed director of the mathematical department of the academy. His writings consist of travels and astronomical, geographical and mathematical works. In 1774 he published a French translation of Leonhard Euler's Elements of Algebra. He contributed several papers to the Academy of Berlin, and in 1774 he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He was entrusted with the administration of Bernoulli family's mathematical estate (DSB, Wikisource). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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