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WORSTER, Benjamin
A compendious and methodical account of the principles of natural philosophy: as they are explain'd and illustrated in a course of experiments, perform'd at the Academy in Little Tower-Street. By Benj. Worster, A.M.
London: printed for the author, and sold by W. and J. Innys, 1722.
viii, [4], 239, [1] p. : wdcut illus. (diagrs.) ; 19.2 cm. (8º)

Preface is dated 'Dec. 30. 1721.'. Errata slip pasted on to last page of Contents. First published in 1722, Benjamin Worster's work is significant as an early exposition of Newtonian science in English - the Principia itself was not published in English until 1729 - and is an important example of the scientific lectures of the period. Worster lectured on natural philosophy at Thomas Watts's 'Accomtant's Office' in which he was apparently a partner along with Dr Desaguliers who lectured in French. The syllabus of his lectures, printed as an appendix to the work (pp. [230]--239), covers Newton's laws of motion, Newtonian physics and celestial mechanics, hydrostatics and pneumatics, and optics. The lectures were advertised at the end of the syllabus (two and a half guineas for the course, reduced to one and a half guineas for those attending for a second time, gratis thereafter). The final page carries advertisments for the course and for the Academy in Little Tower-street. ESTC t113860.

Copy Notes Pencil underlinings passim. A former library location mark G3 inscribed in ink on end pastedown and front free-endpaper.

Binding C18th Cambridge-style panelled calf, gilt-lettered spine.

Reference Number 548


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