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A treatise on the motion of vortex Rings


Published by London: Macmillan, 1883, 1883
Condition: Good Hardcover
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FIRST EDITION. 8 vo. Orig. cloth. xix, (1), 124 pp. Old unobtrusive labels at foot of spine, old library blindstamps and their bookplate on verso of title (slight wrinkle in title as a result), light stains on the rear cover; otherwise, a good to very good copy. The first book by the 1906 Nobel laureate in physics, J.J. Thomson (1856-1940), was his ".earlest effort at designing models. stimulated by the subject set for the Adams Prize of 1882, 'a general investigation of the action upon each other of two closed vortices in a perfect incompressible fluid'. In his winning 'Treatise' Thomson carried the matter further than required, to an application which, for him, gave it 'the greater part of the interest it possessed', namely Kelvin's theory of the vortex atom (1867). Here the atoms of a gas are represented as reentrant vortices in a frictionless fluid, rather like smoke rings in air; but the vortices, unlike the rings, are eternal, and therefore could reproduce the permanence of the Victorian atom. .the theory of the vortex atom is perhaps the most fundamental ever started, for it hoped to make do with nothing besides the several perfections of its primitive fluid and pure mathematical analysis. 'The difficulties of this method are enormous', Maxwell had written, 'but the glory of surmounting them would be unique'. Thomson's 'Treatise' is perhaps the most glorious episode in this hopeless struggle." (D.S.B.). Roller & Goodman II.499. Bookseller Inventory # 000133

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Title: A treatise on the motion of vortex Rings

Publisher: London: Macmillan, 1883

Publication Date: 1883

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The ANTIQUARIAN SCIENTIST (P.O. Box 448, Southampton, MA 01073 USA;, established in 1976, specializes in rare books in science, medicine, and technology. In addition, we offer antique scientific instruments, and appraisals and collection development in these specialty areas. Thus far we have published forty-one illustrated and annotated catalogues. We also co-published the print journal "Rittenhouse" which is devoted to the history of the scientific instrument enterprise in America. We are members of SNEAB and numerous professional societies relating to books, instruments, and the history of science and medicine. It has always been our policy to provide to our clients professional quality services.

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