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Brewster, David 1781-1868

Overview
Works: 689 works in 2,086 publications in 4 languages and 16,895 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Periodicals  Conference papers and proceedings  Handbooks and manuals  Textbooks  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Honoree, Correspondent, Arranger, Author of introduction, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: QC16.N7, 530.0924
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Memoirs of the life, writings and discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton by David Brewster( Book )

65 editions published between 1855 and 2017 in English and German and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, and writer of international reputation. His biography of Sir Isaac Newton, published in 1855 and reissued in 1860, was the result of over twenty years' research, undertaken while publishing hundreds of scientific papers of his own. Brewster made use of previously unknown correspondence by Newton, and his own scientific interests, particularly in optics, meant that he was able to understand and explain Newton's work. It covered the many facets of Newton's personality and work, remaining the best available study of Newton for over a century. Brewster reveals much about the science of his own time in his handling of earlier centuries, and as a cleric was obviously uncomfortable about the evidence of Newton's unorthodox religious views and alchemical studies. Volume 2 covers the period from the dispute with Leibniz to Newton's death, and considers his posthumous reputation
A treatise on optics by David Brewster( Book )

90 editions published between 1831 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters on natural magic : addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. by David Brewster( Book )

144 editions published between 1832 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intended as a supplement to Sir Walter Scott's 1830 Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, this 1832 publication seeks to explain and expose the science behind the alleged 'magic' of spiritualists and conjurors. David Brewster (1781-1868), a Scottish natural philosopher and historian of science, was highly regarded in his lifetime but has since faded into obscurity. Penned at the request of Scott, Brewster's friend and neighbour, this book follows an epistolary structure, consisting of thirteen letters each addressing and exposing different aspects of the alleged supernatural activity, in keeping with the format of Scott's publication. Brewster's subject matter includes optics, magic lanterns, automata, alchemy, fire-breathing, spontaneous combustion, spectral illusions and various other phenomena. In each case he carefully outlines how this 'magic' is created with optical illusion, narcotic drugs, gas inhalation, and chemical tricks. The book offers an intriguing insight into nineteenth-century attitudes towards the supernatural
The stereoscope : its history, theory, and construction by David Brewster( Book )

44 editions published between 1856 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Sir Isaac Newton by David Brewster( Book )

77 editions published between 1800 and 2016 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The martyrs of science; or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler by David Brewster( Book )

77 editions published between 1840 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More worlds than one : the creed of the philosopher and the hope of the Christian by David Brewster( Book )

72 editions published between 1854 and 2012 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) was a distinguished scientist and inventor who frequently turned the results of his research to practical ends; his work on the diffraction of light, for example, led to his developing improved reflectors for lighthouses and inventing two popular Victorian toys, the stereoscope and the kaleidoscope. He was also active as the editor of the Edinburgh Magazine and the Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1808-1830) and contributed to the seventh and eighth editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as writing many articles for a variety of philosophical and scientific journals. He was deeply religious, and in More Worlds Than One (1854) he set out to counter the arguments against extra-terrestrial life of William Whewell's recently published Of the Plurality of Worlds (also reissued in this series), urging that Whewell's 'extraordinary doctrine' was wrong on scientific grounds
A treatise on new philosophical instruments for various purposes in the arts and sciences : with experiments on light and colours by David Brewster( Book )

21 editions published between 1813 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Edinburgh philosophical journal by Royal Society of Edinburgh( )

in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Wernerian Natural History Society, etc
Brewster and Wheatstone on vision by David Brewster( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elements of geometry and trigonometry by A. M Legendre( Book )

33 editions published between 1830 and 1850 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Edinburgh encyclopaedia by Edinburgh Encyclopædia( Book )

18 editions published between 1813 and 1832 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A system of mechanical philosophy by John Robison( Book )

10 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise on magnetism : forming the article under that head in the seventh edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica by David Brewster( Book )

16 editions published between 1837 and 2004 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kaleidoscope, its history, theory and construction with its application to the fine and useful arts by David Brewster( Book )

22 editions published between 1858 and 1987 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A treatise on the microscope, forming the article under that head in the seventh edition of the Encyclopaedia britannica by David Brewster( Book )

12 editions published between 1837 and 1980 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ferguson's astronomy explained upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles : with notes and supplementary chapters by James Ferguson( Book )

10 editions published in 1811 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manuel d'optique : ou traité complet et simplifié de cette science by David Brewster( Book )

11 editions published between 1833 and 1883 in French and German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Address by David Brewster( Book )

7 editions published between 1850 and 1980 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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More worlds than one : the creed of the philosopher and the hope of the Christian
Alternative Names
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David Brüster

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Дэвид Брюстер британский астроном и математик

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ディヴィッド・ブリュースター

大卫·布儒斯特

Languages
English (777)

French (21)

German (17)

Italian (1)

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The martyrs of science; or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and KeplerMore worlds than one : the creed of the philosopher and the hope of the ChristianThe home life of Sir David Brewster