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    Thomas Hobbes; Martin Lister; Isaac Barrow; etc. Philosophical Transactions. Numb. 75. Septemb. 18.1671. The Contents. A Supplement to what was publish't N.73. of the Compression of Air under Water. An answer to Four Papers of Mr Hobs, lately publish't. New Observations of Spots in the Sun. An Accompt touching Vegetable Excrescencies. A Description of some Books: I. & II. Lectiones Opticae & Geometricae, Auth. Isaaco Barrow; together with a Mantissa of the same Author to some of those Lectures. III. A Continuation of the Memoires of M. Bernier concerning the Empire of the G. Mogol. IV. Historia & Meteorologia Incendii Aethnaei. A. 1669. Auth. Joh. Alph. Borello.Advertisement touching the Latin Version of part of these Transactions. London: J[ohn] Martyn, 1671. Krown & Spellman retail: $350. First Edition. 4to. 3N-3Q4. 2239-2270pp. Disbound, loose gatherings, light stains at first few leaves and plates. 2 folding pates. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: The Hobbes paper is an answer to Hobbes' "Three Papers" published in 1671, though uncredited it is probably by John Wallis and Robert Boyle." Wallis was engaged in many mathematical challenges and disputes, notably with Pierre de Fermat, Blaise Pascal, and especially Thomas Hobbes, who in 1655 had claimed to possess an absolute quadrature of the circle. The virulent controversy, in which Hobbes also claimed erroneously to have duplicated the cube, thus solving another of the great mathematical problems, lasted for about a quarter-century, ending with Hobbes's death in 1679." [Oxford DNB]          Macdonald/Hargreaves, Hobbes 71 note.Nelson/Secombe: British Newspapers And Periodical 1641-1700; 539:06075.

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