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Playfair, John 1748-1819

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Works: 259 works in 882 publications in 3 languages and 6,512 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  History  Biographies  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Creator, Translator
Classifications: QE26, 550
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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth. Edinburgh, Printed for Cadell and Davies, London, and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1802 by John Playfair( Book )

65 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Playfair (1748–1819) was a Scottish mathematician and geologist best known for his defence of James Hutton's geological theories. He attended the University of St Andrews, completing his theological studies in 1770. In 1785 he was appointed joint Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, and in 1805 he was elected Professor of Natural Philosophy. This highly influential book, first published in 1802, contains Playfair's clarification and summary of Hutton's geological concepts. Playfair concisely explains Hutton's theories on erosion and geothermal heat in rock formation and the concept of uniformitarianism in geology, illustrating these theories with his own precise observations on different types of rock strata. The clarity of Playfair's explanations was instrumental in popularising Hutton's geological theories, many of which are now recognised as key principles of modern geology. Playfair's strident defence of Hutton's ideas formed part of a controversial debate between Hutton's supporters and his detractors
Living with germs : in health and disease by J. H. L Playfair( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. The word germ is defined as 'a microbe that causes disease'. The vast majority of microbes do not infect us at all: it is pathogens that make us ill. These include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, worms, and prions. Living with Germs not only looks at all of these in detail, but also at the defense mechanisms by which we come to terms with pathogens, whether by eliminating them, stopping them from eliminating us, or simply learning to live with them
Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth; a facsimile reprint, with an introduction by George W. White by John Playfair( Book )

10 editions published between 1956 and 1964 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

System of the earth, 1785. Theory of the earth, 1788. Observations on granite, 1794. Together with Playfair's Biography of Hutton by James Hutton( Book )

5 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines of natural philosophy : being heads of lectures delivered in the University of Edinburgh by John Playfair( Book )

56 editions published between 1812 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elements of geometry : containing the first six books of Euclid, with a supplement on the properties of the circle, the intersections of planes and the geometry of solids by Euclid( Book )

13 editions published between 1806 and 1975 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A short, simple, and plain method of demonstrating the fifth book of Euclid's Elements by John Playfair( Book )

12 editions published between 1812 and 1976 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissertation second, exhibiting a general view of the progress of mathematical and physical science, since the revival of letters in Europe by John Playfair( Book )

28 editions published between 1800 and 2016 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of John Playfair ... with a memoir of the author by John Playfair( Book )

19 editions published between 1822 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living with germs : in sickness and in health by J. H. L Playfair( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vast majority of germs, also known as microbes, do not infect us at all: it is pathogens that make us ill. These include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, worms, and prions. In Living with Germs, renowned expert John Playfair vividly describes these pathogens and the defence mechanisms by which we come to terms with them, whether by eliminating them, stopping them from eliminating us, or simply learning to live with them. A fascinating, occasionally. gruesome, but always utterly compelling read. - ;The word germ is defined as 'a microbe that causes disease'. The vast majority of microbes
On the origin and investigation of porisms by John Playfair( )

17 editions published between 1792 and 2018 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Hutton & Joseph Black : biographies by John Playfair( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elements of geometry: containing the first six books of Euclid, with a supplement on the properties of the circle, the intersection of planes, and the geometry of solids by John Playfair( Book )

17 editions published between 1806 and 2012 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical account of James Hutton, M.D.F.R.S. Ed. by John Playfair( )

10 editions published between 1797 and 2011 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Hutton (1726-1797) was an eminent Scottish scientist known chiefly for his work in geology. Educated at Edinburgh University, Hutton then travelled to Europe to study medicine before going into industry. He spent over a decade farming his family property in Scotland before returning to academic and commercial life. Hutton became an established geologist who also published on chemistry, meteorology and philosophy as an active member of the Edinburgh Royal Society. This volume, first published in 1805, is a detailed and affectionate chronicle of Hutton's life by his close friend, geologist and mathematician John Playfair. The author recounts Hutton's academic career, speculates on the motivation behind his foray into farming and includes a detailed discussion of his main geological theories. With little of Hutton's correspondence and papers surviving, this account by an intimate contemporary is the key resource for studying the life of an intriguing figure in scientific history
 
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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth. Edinburgh, Printed for Cadell and Davies, London, and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1802
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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth. Edinburgh, Printed for Cadell and Davies, London, and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1802Living with germs : in sickness and in healthBiographical account of James Hutton, M.D.F.R.S. Ed.
Alternative Names
John Playfair britisk matematikar

John Playfair britisk matematiker

John Playfair Brits wiskundige

John Playfair brittisk matematiker

John Playfair cientista e matemático britânico

John Playfair matematico e filosofo scozzese

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Playfair, J. 1748-1819

Playfair, J.H.L 1748-1819

Джон Плейфеър

Плейфэр, Джон

جان پلی‌فیر ریاضی‌دان بریتانیایی

جون بلايفير

ჯონ პლეიფერი

ჯონ პლეიფერი შოტლანდიელი გეოლოგი და მათემატიკოსი

플레이페어, J. 1748-1819

플레이페어, John 1748-1819

플레이페어, 존 1748-1819

ジョン・プレイフェア

约翰·普莱费尔

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French (18)

Spanish (1)