Whole part, 4to. , iii, 261pp. 15 engraved plates (I-XIV, two numbered IX, one of which heavily foxed), one foldg, one hand-coloured), 3 fold. tables, Plate XIII out of sequence, text illustrations, "Directions to Binders" (hf-page bound in at back, and last folding table for Vol.VIII. Pp.259-261 (often omitted), "XVIII. Account of the Establishment of a Scientific Prize by the late Alexander Keith [.] In a letter from the Trustees to Sir Walter Scott [.]". Ex lib ("Liber Coll Reg Aberdeen" in MS on title; bookplate of University College of North Wales). Original boards, worn, spine damaged with some loss to paper label (title), hinge strain, foxing & offsetting esp. on plates, light toning. First Edition. Babbage's only paper on probability. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: An Examination of some Questions connected ...
Editorial: In Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh IX pt. 1 : 153-77
Año de publicación: 1821
Descripción Edinburgh: William & Charles Tait/ London: Longman, etc, 1823., 1823. 2 leaves, vi, 1 leaf [directions for binding Vol. IX], 541 pp; 30 plates; folding table at p. 102; pp. 233-34 are a folding table. Recent 3/4-leather and marbled boards. Bubbling in marbled paper of front cover. Upper corners of covers bumped. Text foxed and browned. Pp. 263-79 heavily foxed. Folding Plate IX [a map showing the different lines of horizontal shelves in the Glens of Lochaber] has tears in the margins and a hole in the upper blank margin. Entire volume offered. First Edition. Babbage's only paper on probability. "Babbage showed a lifelong interest in problems of statistics and their relation to theories of economics and insurance calculations, but in this paper his concern was primarily mathematical, and we will find considerable skill in the manipulation of functions and polynomials. . . . The paper takes the form of a series of problems arising from gambling games in which the emphasis is on mathematical generalisation. . . . The major interest in this particular paper has been the ingenious use of algebra to solve probability problems, especially the devices using the coefficients of polynomials and the roots of unity" (Dubbey, The Mathematical Work of Charles Babbage, pp. 141-42). The volume also contains Charles Babbage: "On the Application of Analysis to the Discovery of Local Theorems and Porisms" (pp. 337-52). The paper is "concerned with finding geometrical applications for the calculus of functions" (Dubbey, ibid., p. 151). Other noteworthy papers in this volume are: Thomas Lauder Dick, "On the Parallel Roads of Lochaber"; John Playfair, "Memoir Relating to the Naval Tactics of the Late John Clerk . . . Being a Fragment of an Intended Account of His Life"; David Brewster, "On Circular Polarisation, as Exhibited in the Optical Structure of the Amethyst. . . "; David Brewster, "Observations on the Mean Temperature of the Globe"; William Scoresby, "Description of a Magnetimeter. . ."; David Brewster, "Account of a Remarkable Structure in Apophyllite, with Observations on the Optical Peculiarities of that Mineral"; David Brewster, "Description of a Monochromatic Lamp for Microscopical Purposes, &c. with Remarks on the Absorption of the Prismatic Rays by Coloured Media"; J. F. W. Herschel, "On the Absorption of Light by Coloured Media, and on the Colours of the Prismatic Spectrum Exhibited by Certain Flames. . . .". Nº de ref. de la librería 15489
Descripción 1821. Babbage's Only Paper on Probability Babbage, Charles (1791-1871). An examination of some questions connected with games of chance. In Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh 9, pt. 1 (1821): 153-77. Whole part, 4to. , iii, 258pp. 14 engraved plates (some fold., one hand-colored), 3 fold. tables, text illustrations. 287 x 220 mm. (uncut & largely unopened). Original boards, somewhat worn & spotted, spine repaired. Some foxing & offsetting esp. on plates, light toning. Very good copy. First Edition. Babbage's only paper on probability. "In this paper [Babbage's] concern was primarily mathematical, and we will find considerable skill in the manipulation of functions and polynomials. . . . The major interest in this particular paper [is] the ingenious use of algebra to solve probability problems, especially the devices using the coefficients of polynomials and the roots of unity" (Dubbey, The Mathematical Work of Charles Babbage, pp. 141-42). Van Sinderen 14. Nº de ref. de la librería 39315