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A System of Mechanical Philosophy

A System of Mechanical Philosophy (Hardback, 1822 ed)

By Robison, John
Introduction by Wood, Paul

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John Robison (1739-1805) was a pivotal figure in the rise of a new style of mathematical physics in Britain at the turn of the 19th century. He lectured on chemistry at the University of Glasgow in the 1760s and was professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh f...rom 1773 until his death. Robison was also General Secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and he did much to educate the broader public in the natural sciences through his many contributions to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (3rd edition). In 1822 one of Robison's former pupils, David Brewster, paid homage to his teacher by collecting Robison's contributions to the Britannica and publishing them under the title, A System of Mechanical Philosophy . This work was generally seen in the early Victorian era as a reference point for the progress of scientific knowledge and its applications in the period. In our own day, the System serves not only to illuminate the history of the natural sciences and technology in Britain, but also to shed light on scientific culture in the Enlightenment and on Robison's outlook as a natural philosopher. For Robison's articles in the Encylopaedia Britannica reveal much about his own philosophical and scientific ideas in the course of dealing with almost all branches of the physical sciences, as well as the applied arts and many of the major scientific disputes of the late 18th century. Robison's System has become very hard to find in libraries, and this facsimile reprint with Paul Wood's new introduction should be welcomed by scholars of Enlightenment science and technology, and those interested in 18th and 19th-century studies more generally.
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ISBN 9781843710745
Released NZ 26 Feb 2004
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback, 1822 ed
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ISBN-13 9781843710745
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Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Thoemmes Continuum
Released 26 Feb 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, 1822 ed
Edition 1822 ed
Author(s) By Robison, John
Introduction by Wood, Paul
Category History Of Science
Number of Pages 3000
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 269mm
Dewey Code 658
Weight 5,216g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Industrial management
NBS Text Science: General & Reference
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly