Baltimore Lectures on Molecular Dynamics and the Wave Theory of Light.

KELVIN William Thomson, Lord (1904.)


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Numerous diagrams and equations in the text. First English edition. 8vo., buckram, gilt, t..e.g. London, C.J.Clay and Sons.

First printed, by the 'papyrograph' process, in Baltimore in 1884. A presentation copy, inscribed on the half title page 'William Anderson Feb 25, 1904 Kelvin'. William Anderson, who is thanked in the introduction, was secretary and assistant to Lord Kelvin, and a fine scientist in his own right. It is generally accepted that the first Monte Carlo simulation, a method used to calculate the solution to physical or mathematical problems using statistical techniques, was carried out in 1901 "with unfailing faithful perseverance" by Anderson. He generated random numbers by shuffling decks of numbered cards and calculated a total of five thousand molecular impacts with surfaces and three hundred intermolecular collisions.

In 1846, at the age of 22, Kelvin became Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University, a post he held for 53 years, in which time he made an extraordinary contribution to British Science, formulating the second law of thermodynamics, that heat will not flow from a colder to a hotter body, and proposing an absolute temperature scale, known as the 'Kelvin Scale'. 

Errata slip tipped in at page 117, loosely inserted the separately printed index, published in 1905, and a printed author's compliments slip. Three pencilled corrections to pages 14 and 15, covers scuffed, spine browned.

Stock Code: 221562

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