EULER, LEONHARD. 1707-1783. Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita.... Saint Petersburg: Academy of Sciences, 1736.

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EULER, LEONHARD. 1707-1783.
Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita.... Saint Petersburg: Academy of Sciences, 1736.

US$ 6,000 - 9,000£ 4,800 - 7,200
EULER, LEONHARD. 1707-1783.
Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita.... Saint Petersburg: Academy of Sciences, 1736.
2volumes. 4to (230 x 193 mm). [16] 1-232, 225-480 (i.e., 488); [8], 500 pp. Engraved vignette on dedication leaf and 32 engraved folding plates. Contemporary vellum red edges, ink numbering on upper cover of volume 2. Provenance: Gotha, Ducal Library, early library stamp and duplicate stamp on verso of title.

FIRST EDITION of Euler's seminal work on mechanics. Mechanica won the praise of many leading scientists of the time : Johann Bernoulli said of the work that "it does honor to Euler's genius and acumen," while Lagrange in his own Mécanique analytique acknowledges Euler's mechanics to be "the first great work where Analysis has been applied to the science of motion." In the introduction he outlines a program of studies covering every branch of science, but it is his focus on the systematic application of analytical methods that sets the book apart by laying down a foundation of analytical mechanics.

Euler was a talented Swiss mathematician, astronomer, physicist and engineer, who studied at the University of Basel, but spent most of his life in St. Petersburg, teaching at the Imperial Russian Academy of Sciences, and later taking a post at the Berlin Academy. He eventually fell out of favor with the Prussian court and returned to St. Petersburg. He made important discoveries in mathematics, contributing to the development of infinitesimal calculus, along with the Bernoullis, with whom he was closely acquainted. He also made considerable contributions to analytic number theory, graph theory, empirical logic and even music theory. Much of today's mathematical notation was introduced in Euler's work. Poggendorff I: 689.
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EULER, LEONHARD. 1707-1783. Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita.... Saint Petersburg: Academy of Sciences, 1736.
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