POLINIERE Pierre Expériences de Physique 1728
Charles Moette, Claude Prudhomme, Guillaume Cavelier, Paris 1728. In-12 (17,5 x 10,5 cm), page de titre, 6 ff., 606 pp., 14 ff. de table et de privilege.
Original calf with gold toolings on spine.
Third edition of a work originally published in 1709, based on the author’s lectures at the University of Paris, containing detailed descriptions of 116 experiments. An account of various electrical experiments with magnets. Pierre Poliniere was one of the earliest in France to present public lectures on experimental natural philosophy, and one of the first on the continent to advocate Newton’s theory of colour. His Experiences de physique of 1709 contains a hundred experiments to do with the weight and elasticity of air, chemistry, hydrostatics, sound magnetism, light and colour. DSB XI, 67-68.
The 1709 ed. was the first book showing a box microscope and a sub-stage mirror, and also, the first french book of experimental physics. In this ed. the box-microscope is replaced by a figure without the square base containing the mirror.
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