The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal from October 1, 1821, to April 1, 1822. Vol. VI.
Edinburgh, Archibald Constable and Co, 1822. 1st edition. Hardcover. pp. iv, 412. 8vo. Freshly re-bound in burgundy cloth with gilt-lettered leather spine labels. Occasional foxing to contents, but generally they are clean and tight. One plate torn, now properly repaired. Else in good plus condition. Ill.: engravings and maps. Published quarterly, containing 32 articles in No. XI and 28 articles in No. XII (bound together with a common Index at end). Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) was a natural philosopher, and educated at Edinburgh University. He became a co-editor of the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal (EPJ) in 1819, with mineralogist Robert Jameson (1774-1854). Together they edited the most prestigious and influential journal of its kind, albeit for a relatively short period, until 1826, when Brewster left and the journal was re-named The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal. Jameson carried on with this journal until his death in 1854. The EPJ carried original articles, letters, and comments from some of the leading scientists and authorities of the day, including Charles Babbage, Humphry Davy, J. F. W. Herschel, Alexander Humboldt, William Scoresby, and Robert Stevenson. This volume contains 11 plates, of which two are folding, and two are maps. Articles include 'Observations of Water Spouts' by Captain Napier, RN, 'Observations on Vision through Coloured Glasses and on the Application to Telescopes', by Brewster, 'Remarks on the Insensibility of the Eye to certain Colours:, by Butter, 'History of the Invention of the Pendulum Clock', by Christian Huygens (with plate), 'Barometrical Observations made at the Fall of the Staubbach', by Charles Babbage and J. F. W. Herschel, and 'Account of a Map by a Slave to the Heir-apparent of Ava', by Francis Hamilton (with map).
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Keywords: Charles Babbage;Sir John Herschel;Robert Stevenson;Humphry Davy;;;;;