Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume 3, pages 108-248, 343-520. New Haven, 1874-1878. -- "Graphical Methods in the Thermodynamics of Fluids" and "A Method of Geometrical Representation of the Thermodynamic Properties of Substances by Means of Surfaces." In: Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume 2, pages 309-342 and 382-404. New Haven, 1871-73." /> GIBBS, Josiah Willard (1839-1903). "On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances." In: <I>Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences</I>. Volume 3, pages 108-248, 343-520. New Haven, 1874-1878. -- "Graphical Methods in the Thermodynamics of Fluids" and "A Method of Geometrical Representation of the Thermodynamic Properties of Substances by Means of Surfaces." In: <I>Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences</I>. Volume 2, pages 309-342 and 382-404. New Haven, 1871-73. | Christie's
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    GIBBS, Josiah Willard (1839-1903). "On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances." In: Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume 3, pages 108-248, 343-520. New Haven, 1874-1878. -- "Graphical Methods in the Thermodynamics of Fluids" and "A Method of Geometrical Representation of the Thermodynamic Properties of Substances by Means of Surfaces." In: Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume 2, pages 309-342 and 382-404. New Haven, 1871-73.

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    GIBBS, Josiah Willard (1839-1903). "On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances." In: Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume 3, pages 108-248, 343-520. New Haven, 1874-1878. -- "Graphical Methods in the Thermodynamics of Fluids" and "A Method of Geometrical Representation of the Thermodynamic Properties of Substances by Means of Surfaces." In: Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume 2, pages 309-342 and 382-404. New Haven, 1871-73.

    Together 2 volumes, 8o. 78 plates (one folding). (Title-pages browned.) Modern half morocco gilt, contemporary boards; cloth folding box. Provenance: R.G.S.C. (initials in volume one); Harrison D. Horblit (1913-1988) (bookplates; his sale Christie's East New York, 16 February 1994, lot 26).

    THE FIRST PRINTING OF THE FOUNDATION WORK ON CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS. Gibbs, the greatest American mathematical physicist, introduced in this work the "phase rule" to solve the intricate problem of the equilibrium of such mixtures as chemical solutions and metal alloys. Largely ignored both in America and abroad for more than ten years after this initial appearance, its impact upon modern industrial technology was enormous, leading directly to the modern manufacture of plastics, drugs, dyes, and organic solvents. His mathematical equations relieved scientists of immeasurable numbers of experiments in order to ascertain the precise conditions for successful chemical processes. "In this single memoir of some 300 pages he vastly extended the domain covered by thermodynamics, including chemical, elastic, surface, electromagnetic, and electrochemical phenomena in a single system" (DSB). Dibner Heralds of Science 49; Grolier/Horblit 40. (2)


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