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Playfair, John 1748-1819

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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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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth; a facsimile reprint, with an introduction by George W. White by John Playfair( Book )

34 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in English and French and held by 977 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
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 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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( Book )

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( Book )

6 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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( Book )

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( )

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( Book )

6 editions published in 1806 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description of the slide of Alpnach by John Playfair( Book )

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( )

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( Book )

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( Book )

8 editions published between 1797 and 2011 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dissertation second: by John Playfair( Book )

5 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Element of geometry by John Playfair( Book )

3 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Works of John Playfair by John Playfair( Book )

5 editions published between 1822 and 2011 in English and held by 6 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. 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 four-volume 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( Book )

4 editions published between 1836 and 1845 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth; a facsimile reprint, with an introduction by George W. White
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John Playfair britisk matematikar

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John Playfair matematico e filosofo scozzese

John Playfair schottischer Mathematiker und Geologe

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English (364)

French (10)

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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth; a facsimile reprint, with an introduction by George W. WhiteBiographical account of James Hutton, M.D.F.R.S. Ed.