Professor Playfair's lectures on natural philosophy: Handwritten lecture notes, 1818 - 1819

Brodie, William

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  • These three volumes are the bound, handwritten notes of William Brodie from Professor John Playfair's lectures on natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 1818 to 1819. The first volume contains notes on an introduction to natural philosophy, including its early origins and development, the Greeks, Bacon and Descartes; properties of matter; and the dynamics section of the theory of motion. The second volume contains the mechanics section of the theory of motion and the majority of notes on astronomy. The third volume has a small amount on astronomy; optics, including light, vision and lenses; a section on fluids, including hydrostatics and hydraulics; and several short parts on pneumatics, magnetism, electricity and galvanism. All the entries are in one hand, in ink, with many small line drawings illustrating certain laws or problems. Some of these drawings are quite detailed and well executed (see v.2, p. 186, on friction, for example).


  • Illustrations include many small diagrams.
  • Handwritten titlepage and table of contents.
  • Stamped on spine: Lectures on Nat: Philosophy.
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