Rational Recreation, In which the Principles of Numbers and Natural Philosophy are clearly and copious elucidated, by a Series of easy, entertaining, interesting Experiments. Among which are All those commonly performed with the Cards.
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London: L. Davis, et al., 1787. Third edition corrected, complete in four volumes (pp. xvi, 267; xi, 272; xii, 296; xi, 367, appendix). Tall octavo (21 cm) in original polished and mottled calf; complete with 65 fine copperplate engravings by Lodge to accompany the various demonstrations in mathematics and physics which featured, among others, a diving bell, a planetarium, and a magic lantern. Rich gilt titles and decorations to spines. Volume I (Arithmetical and Mechanical Experiments), Volume II (Experiments in Optics, Chromatics, and Acoustics), Volume II (Electrical and Magnetical Experiments), Volume IV (Experiments in Pneumatics, Hydrology, and Pyrotechnics). The discovery of an error in the first edition of Hooper's book, an error which first appeared and then was corrected in a later edition of Edm� Gilles Guyot's Nouvelles r�cr�ations physiques et math�matiques, suggests Hooper may have, shall we say, borrowed enthusiastically from that source error and all. Martin Gardner in Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery (1956) discusses the matter in connection with 'Hooper's Paradox'. Endpapers discoloured in places, a few scattered foxings, some hinges skilfully repaired. A handsome set.
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