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WHITEHURST, John (1713--1788)
An attempt towards obtaining invariable measures of length, capacity, and weight, from the mensuration of time, independent of the mechanical operations requisite to ascertain the center of oscillation, or the true length of pendulums. By John Whitehurst, F.R.S. ...
London: printed for the author, and sold by William Bent, 1787.
[4], xiii, [1], 34 p., III fold. pl. : tables ; 27.0 cm. (4º)

A paper resulting from an award offered by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce in 1774 for the best solution to the problem of producing a natural standard of length dependent on a law of nature, for which Whitehurst was one of the judges. When the winner, John Hatton, took the idea no further, Whitehurst, a clockmaker and scientific instrument maker took on the task.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with Whitehurst's An inquiry into the original state and formation of the earth, 2nd ed., 1786 (q.v.).

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 502


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