Playfair, John 17481819
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Works:  125 works in 527 publications in 2 languages and 4,837 library holdings 

Genres:  Biography History Textbooks 
Roles:  Author, Editor 
Classifications:  QA451, 550 
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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 )
 Memoir of Professor Playfair( Book )
 Papers relating to the history of the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin( )
 John Playfair. Line engraving by Stewart, 1819, after P. Morris( Visual )
 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 )
 La géologie au debut du XIXe siècle : Lamarck et Playfair by Archibald Geikie( Book )
 The monument to John Playfair on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Line engraving by W. H. Lizars, 1828, after H. Lizars by W. H Lizars( Visual )
 John Playfair. Stipple engraving by Holl( Visual )
 Professor John Playfair by James Thomson( Visual )
 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 and reply] 1802 October 11 [to] Cadell and Davies, London by John Playfair( Book )
 John Playfair. Stipple engraving by R. Cooper, 1816, after H. Raeburn by Henry Raeburn( Visual )
 John Playfair manuscript material : 1 item by John Playfair( )
 Ruthwell, to Thomas Carlyle by Robert Mitchell( )
 [Letter] 1813 August 31, Edinburgh [to] Thomas Allan, London by John Playfair( Book )
 The distinguished men of science 18078: a key to the identities of the sitters. Photograph of engraving by W. Walker, 1862( Visual )
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Most widely held works by
John Playfair
Elements of geometry: containing the first six books of Euclid, with a supplement of the quadrature of the circle and the
geometry of solids; to which are added elements of plane and spherical trigonometry by
John Playfair(
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189 editions published between 1790 and 2000 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
189 editions published between 1790 and 2000 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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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34 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in English and French and held by 977 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
34 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in English and French and held by 977 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 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 382 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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9 editions published between 1812 and 1815 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
9 editions published between 1812 and 1815 in English and held by 230 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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34 editions published between 1812 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
34 editions published between 1812 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The works of John Playfair ... with a memoir of the author by
John Playfair(
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6 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
6 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Hutton & Joseph Black : biographies by
John Playfair(
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11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 123 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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14 editions published between 1800 and 2010 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
14 editions published between 1800 and 2010 in English and held by 97 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(
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4 editions published between 1806 and 2005 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
4 editions published between 1806 and 2005 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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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6 editions published in 1806 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
6 editions published in 1806 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Description of the slide of Alpnach by
John Playfair(
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1 edition published in 1822 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1822 in English and held by 21 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
Supplement to the fourth, fifth and sixth editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica : with preliminary dissertations on the
history of the sciences by
inc Encyclopaedia Britannica(
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2 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 17 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 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
8 editions published between 1797 and 2011 in English and held by 15 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
Dissertation second: by
John Playfair(
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5 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Element of geometry by
John Playfair(
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3 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Works of John Playfair by
John Playfair(
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5 editions published between 1822 and 2011 in English and held by 6 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. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was acquainted with continental scientific developments, and was a prolific writer of scientific articles in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Review. This fourvolume edition of his works was published in 1822 and is prefaced by a biography of Playfair. It includes his more important works on geology, astronomy and mathematics, together with some review articles and biographical notices. Playfair's wide interests also included gunnery, fortification, geography, navigation, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics
5 editions published between 1822 and 2011 in English and held by 6 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. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he was acquainted with continental scientific developments, and was a prolific writer of scientific articles in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Review. This fourvolume edition of his works was published in 1822 and is prefaced by a biography of Playfair. It includes his more important works on geology, astronomy and mathematics, together with some review articles and biographical notices. Playfair's wide interests also included gunnery, fortification, geography, navigation, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics
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 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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1 edition published in 1795 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1795 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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