London: Royal Society, 1840. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION EXTRACTS OF GEORGE BIDDELL AIRY’S 1840 BAKERIAN LECTURE. This is not an ex-library copy. No stamps of any kind. Includes a long fold-out ithographic chart. 4to. Near fine condition.
Airy was an English mathematician and astronomer as well as Lucasian professor at Cambridge and Astronomer Royal. Among “his many achievements include work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth, a method of solution of two-dimensional problems in solid mechanics and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, establishing Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian” (Wikipedia). Airy’s discovery of a new inequality in the motions of Venus and the earth is in some respects his most remarkable achievement. Item #1196