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Playfair, John 1748-1819

Works: 182 works in 552 publications in 2 languages and 4,380 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: QE26, 550
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Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth; a facsimile reprint, with an introduction by George W. White by John Playfair( Book )
39 editions published between 1802 and 2011 in English and French and held by 683 libraries worldwide
System of the earth, 1785. Theory of the earth, 1788. Observations on granite, 1794. Together with Playfair's Biography of Hutton by James Hutton( Book )
4 editions published between 1970 and 1973 in English and held by 398 libraries worldwide
Illustrations of the Huttonian theory of the earth. Edinburgh, Printed for Cadell and Davies, London, and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1802 by John Playfair( Book )
2 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 296 libraries worldwide
A short, simple, and plain method of demonstrating the fifth book of Euclid's Elements by John Playfair( Book )
11 editions published between 1812 and 1815 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Outlines of natural philosophy being heads of lectures delivered in the University of Edinburgh by John Playfair( Book )
28 editions published between 1812 and 1894 in English and Undetermined and held by 212 libraries worldwide
The works of John Playfair ... with a memoir of the author by John Playfair( Book )
8 editions published between 1822 and 1971 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
Dissertation second, exhibiting a general view of the progress of mathematical and physical science, since the revival of letters in Europe by John Playfair( Book )
22 editions published between 1800 and 1835 in English and held by 168 libraries worldwide
James Hutton & Joseph Black : biographies by John Playfair( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Letter to the author of the examination of Professor Stewart's short statement of facts, with an appendix by John Playfair( Book )
6 editions published in 1806 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Description of the slide of Alpnach by John Playfair( Book )
1 edition published in 1822 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
The Element of geometry by John Playfair( Book )
7 editions published between 1819 and 1836 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Dissertations on the history of metaphysical and ethical, and of mathematical and physical science by Dugald Stewart( Book )
8 editions published between 1835 and 2009 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
"When I ventured to undertake the task of contributing a Preliminary Dissertation to the Encyclopædia Britannica, my original intention was, after the example of Jean le Rond D'Alembert, to have begun with a general survey of the various departments of human knowledge. The outline of such a survey, sketched by the comprehensive genius of Francis Bacon, together with the corrections and improvements suggested by his illustrious disciple, would, I thought, have rendered it comparatively easy to adapt their intellectual map to the present advanced state of the sciences; while the unrivalled authority which their united work has long maintained in the republic of letters, would, I flattered myself, have softened those criticisms which might be expected to be incurred by any similar attempt of a more modern hand. On a closer examination, however, of their labours, I found myself under the necessity of abandoning this design. Doubts immediately occurred to me with respect to the justness of their logical views, and soon terminated in a conviction that these views are radically and essentially erroneous. Instead, therefore, of endeavouring to give additional currency to speculations which I conceived to be fundamentally unsound, I resolved to avail myself of the present opportunity to point out their most important defects; ?defects which, I am nevertheless very ready to acknowledge, it is much more easy to remark than to supply. The critical strictures which, in the course of this discussion, I shall have occasion to offer on my predecessors, will, at the same time, account for my forbearing to substitute a new map of my own, instead of that to which the names of Bacon and D'Alembert have lent so great and so well-merited a celebrity; and may perhaps suggest a doubt, whether the period be yet arrived for hazarding again, with any reasonable prospect of success, a repetition of their bold experiment. For the length to which these strictures are likely to extend, the only apology I have to offer is the peculiar importance of the questions to which they relate, and the high authority of the writers whose opinions I presume to controvert. It is necessary to comprehend, in one general scheme, all the various departments of study; to arrange them into proper classes; and to point out their mutual relations and dependencies. Such a scheme is sometimes likened by D'Alembert to a map or chart of the intellectual world; sometimes to a Genealogical or Encyclopedical Tree, indicating the manifold and complicated affinities of those studies, which, however apparently remote and unconnected, are all the common offspring of the human understanding. For executing successfully this chart or tree, a philosophical delineation of the natural progress of the mind may (according to D'Alembert) furnish very useful lights"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
Supplement to the fourth, fifth and sixth editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica with preliminary dissertations on the history of the sciences by inc Encyclopaedia Britannica( Book )
2 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
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