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1 THOMPSON, Sir Benjamin, Count Rumford (1753-1814). New Experiments upon Gun-powder, with occasional Observations and practical Inferences; to which are added, an Account of a new Method of determining the Velocities of all Kinds of Military Projectiles, and the Description of a very accurate Eprouvette for Gun-powder. Extract: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. LXXI, Part II, pp. (229)-328.
London: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 1782. 1782 
Small 4to (234 x 174 mm) pp. (iii)-vi, (229)-328. Numerous tables; pages 231-234 mis-bound, but present. Modern boards, printed paper spine label. Bookplates of Haskell Norman/University of Texas, and Andras Gedeon. Fine. FIRST EDITION of one of several scientific treatises by Benjamin Thompson, a native of Massachusetts who fought on the British side in the War of Independence and was knighted by George III. He later joined the court of the Elector of Bavaria and rose to become head of the elector’s army. “Professionally, Thompson was a soldier of fortune. His first serious scientific study was to determine the optimal position of firing vents in cannon and to measure the velocity of the shot as a function of the composition of gunpowder. He used a ballistic pendulum method first introduced by Benjamin Robins. Thompson’s long paper on this subject, published in 1781, won him fellowship in The Royal Society of London. Throughout his life he intermittently pursued his studies on the force of gunpowder. In 1797 he published the description of a device for proving gunpowder, which was generally accepted as the standard method by both the British and the Bavarian armies. It was during his investigations of cannon that he was impressed by the large amount of heat generated in cannon barrels by the explosion of gunpowder even when no ball was being fired. He was thus led to accept the vibratory theory of heat, which he championed actively all his life.” [DSB]. DSB Vol. XIII, pp. 350-53. First Edition. 
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2 WHITE, Andrew D. A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom.
New York: George Braziller, 1955. 1955 
Sm. 8vo. xxxiv, 474 pp. Index. Black cloth. Ownership signature of Roger Hahn. Very good. 
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