Paris: G. Carré, 1892.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #003699
8vo (237 x 154 mm). vi, 310 pp., including half-title, diagrams in text troughout. Contemporary half cloth and marbled boards, gilt-lettered and blind-ruled spine, red sprinkled edges, original endpapers (minor rubbing of extremities, lower corners bumped). Text somewhat browned at outer margins, but generally clean and bright. Provenance: Pieter Zeeman (inscribed by him on first free endpaper). ----
RARE FIRST EDITION, and the separately published continuation of the earlier published first volume of Poincaré's course on Théorie mathématique de Lumière, which was issued in Paris in 1889 by the same publisher and which is mentioned on the title-page ("Cours de la Faculté des sciences de Paris, publiés par l'Association amicale des élèves et anciens élèves de la Faculté des sciences. Cours de physique mathématique". - Fait suite aux leçons professées par l'auteur en 1887-88 et publiées sous le titre : "Leçons sur la théorie mathématique de la lumière).
"The development of mathematics in the nineteenth century began under the shadow of a giant, Carl Friedrich Gauss; it ended with the domination by a genius of similar magnitude, Henri Poincaré (...) For more than twenty years Poincaré lectured at the Sorbonne on mathematical physics; he gave himself to that task with his characteristic thoroughness and energy, with the result that he became an expert in practically all parts of theoretical physics, and published more than seventy papers and books on the most varied subjects, with a predilection for the Théories of light and of electromagnetic waves." (DSB XI, p.51, 58). - Visit our website to see more images!
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