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HUTTON, Charles

Tracts on mathematical and philosophical subjects; comprising, among numerous important articles, the theory of bridges, with several plans of recent improvement. Also the results of numerous experiments on the force of gunpowder, with application to the modern practice of artillery.
London, for Rivington, Wilkie etc, 1812

Contains a remarkable series of papers embodying most of the fields of research with which Charles Hutton was involved throughout his career, notably as Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich.

Much of the first volume is devoted to bridges and includes a history of iron bridges. Hutton had been involved in the parliamentary debate concerning Telford's radical scheme for an iron bridge with a single span of 600 feet across the Thames and his contribution to that debate is also included.

Volume 2 contains his work on the density and attraction of the earth together with papers on algebra and geometry while the third volume is contains a series of papers on gunnery.


8vo. 3 vols. x + (ii) + 485 + (1)pp, mezzotint portrait frontis. and some wood-engraved text ills ; (iv) + 384pp, 6 folding engraved plates ; (iv) + 383 + (1)pp, 4 engraved plates (3 folding). Contemporary full calf, neatly rebacked. Skempton No. 712.



Catalogue No: 853