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    Hamilton's Pioneering Work on Physics, Inscribed by Him

    Sir William Rowan Hamilton. Lectures on Quaternions: Containing a Systematic Statement of a New Mathematical Method. Dublin: Hodges and Smith, 1853. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hamilton on the half-title: "To Colonel Sabine F.R.S./with the author's regards./06th August, 1853."
    Octavo. [vi], 64, [ix] [sic] - lxxii, 736, [1, Errata], [1, blank] pages. Publisher's full purple cloth, boards decoratively ruled and paneled in blind. Rebacked in plain brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Boards sunned at edges, corners reinforced, some rubbing to binding. Several pages unopened. Still, a near fine copy.

    "Hamilton's discovery that a consistent and useful system of algebra could be constructed without the obeisance to the commutative law of multiplication was comparable in importance to the invention of non-Euclidean geometry. Quaternions led to vector analysis, and were eventually superseded by the latter, which was to become of the greatest importance in mathematical physics" (PMM 34).




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