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Playfair, John 1748-1819

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Works: 136 works in 595 publications in 3 languages and 5,131 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Illustrated works  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
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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 )

61 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,002 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
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( Book )

161 editions published between 1790 and 2000 in English and held by 738 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
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 380 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 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

38 editions published between 1812 and 2015 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 )

7 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 170 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 by Euclid( Book )

14 editions published between 1806 and 1871 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 121 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 )

24 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 John Playfair( Book )

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( Book )

6 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( Book )

2 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 22 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

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 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Element of geometry by John Playfair( Book )

4 editions published between 1819 and 1836 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

Elements of geometry. To which are added elements of plane and spherical trigonometry. by Euclid( Book )

4 editions published in 1795 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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

John Playfair britisk matematiker

John Playfair Brits wiskundige

John Playfair brittisk matematiker

John Playfair matematico e filosofo scozzese

John Playfair schottischer Mathematiker und Geologe

Джон Плейфеър

Плейфэр, Джон

جان پلی‌فیر ریاضی‌دان بریتانیایی

جون بلايفير

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ჯონ პლეიფერი შოტლანდიელი გეოლოგი და მათემატიკოსი

ジョン・プレイフェア

约翰·普莱费尔

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English (402)

French (17)

Spanish (1)

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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 learnersBiographical account of James Hutton, M.D.F.R.S. Ed.