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YOUNG, Thomas (1773-1829). A course of lectures on natural philosophy and the mechanical arts. London: William Savage for Joseph Johnson, 1807.
2 volumes. 4o (273 x 214 mm). 43 engraved plates by Joseph Skelton (c. 1785-post 1850). Plates xxix and xxx hand-colored. Contemporary calf, gilt arms of the Society of Writers to the Signet on covers (rebacked, corners worn).Provenance: Society of Writers to the Signet (binding, inscription dated 1813, withdrawal stamps).
FIRST EDITION. Young, a prodigy as an infant, and a doctor by profession, was Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution from 1801 to 1803. This work contains revised versions of the lectures he delivered during that time, including his demonstration of the fact of the interference of light, his lecture "On Collision", which first suggested that the word "energy" be used in place of "living force", and his lecture on "Passive strength and friction", defining the ratio between a stressing force and the resultant strain. Norman 2277. (2)
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Please note that the illustration on page 445 is not of lot 881 as stated in the catalogue, but of a lot to be included in the Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine Part III to be held in late October, 1998.
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