Playfair, John 17481819
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Works:  135 works in 613 publications in 3 languages and 5,213 library holdings 

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Most widely held works about
John Playfair
 A comparative view of the Huttonian and Neptunian systems of geology by J Murray( Book )
 Observations on a passage in Mr. Playfair's letter to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh relative to the mathematical pretensions of the Scottish clergy by Thomas Chalmers( Book )
 On Playfair's Law by Barbara A Kennedy( Book )
 Some account of the character and merits of the late professor Playfair( Book )
 Principal James Playfair : life and legacy by Hugh Playfair( Book )
 Papers relating to the history of the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin( )
 Memoir of Professor Playfair( Book )
 John Playfair. Stipple engraving by R. Cooper, 1816, after H. Raeburn by Henry Raeburn( Visual )
 [Letter and reply] 1802 October 11 [to] Cadell and Davies, London by John Playfair( Book )
 John Playfair. Stipple engraving by Holl( Visual )
 The distinguished men of science 18078: a key to the identities of the sitters. Photograph of engraving by W. Walker, 1862( Visual )
 La géologie au debut du XIXe siècle : Lamarck et Playfair by Archibald Geikie( Book )
 John Playfair manuscript material : 1 item by John Playfair( )
 John Playfair's monument and the New Observatory on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Line engraving by A. Cruse after T. H. Shepherd by Thomas H Shepherd( Visual )
 [Letter] 1813 August 31, Edinburgh [to] Thomas Allan, London by John Playfair( Book )
 Catalogue of the library of the late John Playfair ... : comprising a valuable collection of mathematical, philosophical and miscellaneous books, maps, &c. &c., with a few philosophical instruments : to be sold, without reserve, by Mr Ballantyne ... on Thursday the 20th of January, 1820, and ensuing days by James Ballantyne and Co( Book )
 Professor John Playfair by James Thomson( Visual )
 John Playfair. Stipple engraving by J. Thomson, 1819( Visual )
 John Playfair. Line engraving by Stewart, 1819, after P. Morris( Visual )
 Ruthwell, to Thomas Carlyle by Robert Mitchell( )
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Most widely held works by
John Playfair
The first six books of the Elements of Euclid : in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the
greater ease of learners by
John Playfair(
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193 editions published between 1790 and 2000 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This graphic representation of the 'Elements' of Euclid is one of the oddest and most beautiful books to come out of Victorian Britain
193 editions published between 1790 and 2000 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This graphic representation of the 'Elements' of Euclid is one of the oddest and most beautiful books to come out of Victorian Britain
Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth; a facsimile reprint, with an introduction by George W. White by
John Playfair(
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63 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Playfair (17481819) 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
63 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Playfair (17481819) 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
System of the earth, 1785. Theory of the earth, 1788. Observations on granite, 1794. Together with Playfair's Biography of
Hutton by
James Hutton(
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5 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A short, simple, and plain method of demonstrating the fifth book of Euclid's Elements by
John Playfair(
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11 editions published between 1812 and 1976 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
11 editions published between 1812 and 1976 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outlines of natural philosophy : being heads of lectures delivered in the University of Edinburgh by
John Playfair(
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40 editions published between 1812 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
40 editions published between 1812 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The works of John Playfair ... with a memoir of the author by
John Playfair(
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8 editions published between 1822 and 1971 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
8 editions published between 1822 and 1971 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Hutton & Joseph Black : biographies by
John Playfair(
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10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 120 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(
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25 editions published between 1800 and 2016 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
25 editions published between 1800 and 2016 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explication de Playfair sur la théorie de la terre par Hutton : et examen comparatif des systèmes géologiques fondés sur
le feu et sur l'eau, par M. Murray, en réponse à l'explication de Playfair by
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16 editions published between 1815 and 2008 in French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Donacion de la Biblioteca de Zea
16 editions published between 1815 and 2008 in French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Donacion de la Biblioteca de Zea
Letter to the author of the examination of Professor Stewart's short statement of facts, with an appendix by
John Playfair(
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7 editions published in 1806 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
7 editions published in 1806 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of geometry : containing the first six books of Euclid, with two books on the geometry of solids. To which are added,
Elements of plane and spherical trigonometry. by
John Playfair(
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2 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Description of the slide of Alpnach by
John Playfair(
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2 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On the origin and investigation of porisms by
John Playfair(
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12 editions published between 1792 and 2005 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
12 editions published between 1792 and 2005 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biographical account of James Hutton, M.D.F.R.S. Ed. by
John Playfair(
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8 editions published between 1797 and 2011 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
8 editions published between 1797 and 2011 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of geometry: containing the first six books of Euclid, with a supplement ... to which are added, elements of plane
and sphericale trigonometry ... From the last London ed., enℓ by
John Playfair(
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3 editions published in 1866 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1866 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of geometry ; containing the first six books of Euclid, with two books on the geometry of solids. To which are added,
elements of plane and spherical trigonometry. By John Playfair by
Euclid(
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7 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
7 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dissertation ... exhibiting a general view of the progress of mathematical and physical science, since the revival of letters
in Europe by
John Playfair(
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4 editions published in 1820 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
4 editions published in 1820 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of plane geometry according to Euclid : with several new improvements and additions by
Andrew Bell(
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4 editions published between 1836 and 1845 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
4 editions published between 1836 and 1845 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of geometry, containing the first six books of Euclid, with a supplement on the quadrature of the circle, and the
geometry of solids; to which are added, Elements of plane and spherical trignonometry by
John Playfair(
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2 editions published in 1875 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published in 1875 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of Geometry ; containing the first six books of Euclid, with two books on the Geometry of Solids. To which are added,
elements of plane and spherical trigonometry. By John Playfair, F.R.S. Edin. Professor of Mathematics in the University of
Edinburgh by
Euclid(
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5 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Related Identities
 Euclid Author
 Hutton, James 17261797 Other Author
 Playfair, James George 1786?1857 Editor
 Murray, J. (John) 1820 Author
 Werner, Abraham Gottlob 17491817
 Ferguson, Adam 17231816
 Craig, G. Y. (Gordon Younger) Other
 Black, Joseph 17281799 Other
 Leslie, John Sir 17661832
 Basset, CésarAuguste Translator Bookplate designer
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