Euler's Creation of the Calculus of Variations - One of His Most Important Works

    Leonhard Euler. Methodus Inveniendi Lineas Curvas Maximi Minimive proprietate gaudentes, Sive Solutio Problematis Isoperimetrici Latissimo Sensu Accepti. Lausannae & Genevae: Marcum-Michaelem Bousquet, 1744. First edition. Quarto. Approximately 9.75 x 7.5 inches. [2], 322, [2] pages. With five folding plates inserted at rear. Early nineteenth-century quarter red calf over marbled boards, spine tooled and lettered in gilt. Spine a bit sunned, paper label on spine with some wear due to another label being removed, some edgewear to binding, some light toning to text. Small bookplate on front endpaper from the library of C.I. Giulio with his rubber stamp on rear endpaper. Signed by Giulio on front endpaper. The first edition of one Euler's most important works, his creation of the calculus of variations. Euler is considered one of the preeminent mathematicians of the 18th century.

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    "Starting with several problems posed by Johann and Jakob Bernoulli, Euler was the first to formulate the principal problems of the calculus of variations and to create general methods for their solution"; "In this appendix [of Methodus Inveniendi], which was in fact the first general work on the mathematical theory of elasticity, Euler studied bending and vibrations of elastic bands... and of a plate under different conditions... and deduced the famous Euler buckling formula, or Euler critical load, used to determine the strength of columns". (DSB).

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