De Circulis Osculatoribus Dissertatio. Ruggero Giuseppe BOSCOVICH.

The Power of Geometry

De Circulis Osculatoribus Dissertatio.

One folding engraved plate. xii pp. Large 4to, modern patterned wrappers (minor browning). Rome: Komarek, [1740].

First edition of this early work by the author; WorldCat locates only two copies in North America. “Science in general took its lead in physics from Newton and in mathematical analysis from Leibniz, and it was at the root of Boskovic’s idiosyncrasy that, whether deliberately or not, he took the opposite tack in both respects. Mathematics had always attracted him. Instead of the calculus as developed by the great analysts among his great contemporaries — d’Alembert, the Bernoullis, and Euler — he preferred the geometric method of infinitely small magnitudes ‘which Newton almost always used,’ as he said, and which embodied the ‘power of geometry.’ He particularly applied it to problems of differential geometry, terrestrial and celestial mechanics, and practical astronomy.”– D.S.B., II, p. 330.

Fine copy.

Price: $4,750.00

Item ID: 5534

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