THOMSON, William, Lord Kelvin. Notes of Lectures on Molecular Dynamics and the Wave Theory of Light Delivered at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. By Sir William Thomson ... stenographically reported by A.S. Hathaway. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 1884.
4o. Mimeographed script, text diagrams. Contemporary calf, marbled boards (a bit worn). Provenance: Könyvtara, Hungary (library stamp on title, spine label).
FIRST EDITION. Thomson did not write out in advance the series of twenty lectures which he gave at Johns Hopkins University in October 1888, and "part of the extreme interest of the course arose indeed from [Kelvin's] unpreparedness. Admitted to the very laboratory of his thoughts, his hearers became eyewitnesses of his methods, his amazing intuitive grasp, his headlong leaps, his mathematical agility, his perpetual recurrence to physical interpretations, his vivid use of mechanical analogies, and his incessant recourse to models, sometimes actual, sometimes only mentally visualized, by which his meaning could be conveyed" (Silvanus Thompson, William Thomson, 1910, p. 815). The lectures were transcribed in shorthand by A.S. Hathaway, a Fellow of the University, and a small edition of a few hundred copies of these notes was printed by the "papyrograph" process, an early form of mimeograph. The handwriting for pp. 210 and 252 seems to be that of Thomson rather than Hathaway so it appears that Thomson created the mimeograph stencils for those pages himself. Norman 2077.