London: The Royal Society, 1843. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION EXTRACT. 2 plates The plates have light stains; the text is bright and clean. Very good 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.
The Royal Society's abstract for this paper: "The author gives the results of his own personal observations of the tides at Southampton and at Ipswich, in both of which places they present some remarkable peculiarities. In conducting these inquiries he obtained, through the favour of Colonel Colby, R. E., and Lieut. Yelland, R. E., the able assistance of non-commissioned officers and privates of the corps of Royal Sappers and Miners. He explains in detail the nature of his observations, and the method he pursued in constructing tables of mean results; and deduces from them the conclusion, that the peculiarities in the tides which are the object of his investigation are not dependent on any variations m the state of the atmosphere, but are probably connected with the laws which regulate the course of waves proceeding along canals." Item #1279