Exposition du Systeme du Monde.

LAPLACE, Pierre Simon

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Place Published: Paris
Publisher: Cercle-Social
Date Published: 1796

Description: 314, [2]; 312, [4] pages. 2 volumes bound in 1. Short thick 8vo, rubricated edges, original full mottled calf, ornately gilt spine. Paris: Imprimerie du Cercle-Social, An IV [1796]. First edition. Extremely rare. A near fine clean copy.

Comments: "One of the most successful popularizations of science ever composed." -DSB. An accompaniment to the author's lectures on calculus, mechanics, and astronomy. Contains sections on observable astronomical phenomena, real motion of planets, satellites and comets, a summarization of his work in gravitational mechanics, and a survey of the history of astronomy. "An elegant, non-mathematical classic on astronomy. It is in this work that Laplace introduced one of his most notable contributions (although he himself did not take it very seriously at first) -- the so-called nebular hypothesis, which provided a conjectural account of the origin of the solar system," which exercised powerful influence on scientific thought throughout the 19th century. PMM 252.

Edition: First
Binding: hardcover
Condition: near fine
Language: French
Type: Books

Book ID: 216893


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