Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1895. 8vo. vi, 510 pp. FIRST EDITION. With text diagrams. Green publisher’s cloth, covers and spine worn and rubbed; interior excellent. With the ownership inscription of G[eorge] N[eville] Watson (1886-1965), the English mathematician who applied complex analysis to the theory of special functions. Item #15441
First edition. Thomson here illustrates the principles of electricity and magnetism while skillfully avoiding using advanced mathematics. He thus provides the reader with “a more vivid idea . . . of the subject than he would be likely to attain if he merely regarded electrical phenomena through a cloud of analytical symbols.”
Thomson (1856-1940) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906 for his discovery of the electron and research on the conduction through gases.