A Memoir of Charles Hutton

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الصفحة 36 - ... then this obligation to be void and of none effect; otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue.
الصفحة 47 - I have enjoyed in life, and of which blessings 1 wish I had been more worthy. " I feel very painfully that I did not wait upon Dr. Hutton personally to thank him for his letter, in which he wrote with such remarkable and affecting kindness respecting Lady Eldon and myself, — both his pupils. I shall preserve that letter as a testimony that a person of his eminence had, through so many years, recollected us with a sort of parental affection. " I shall not fail to preserve anxiously the medal which...
الصفحة 47 - I request you to accept my very sincere thanks for your communication received on Saturday last. " Full sixty years have passed since I had the benefit of your venerable father's instructions, and that benefit I regard as one of the many blessings which I have enjoyed in life, and of which blessings I wish I had been more worthy. " I feel very painfully that I did not wait upon Dr. Hutton personally to thank him for his letter, in which he wrote with such remarkable and affecting kindness respecting...
الصفحة 12 - ... different societies and academies both at home and abroad. But there needed some masterly hand to seize and collect these scattered fragments, to reduce them to method and order, to correct what was erroneous, curtail what was too protracted, expand and elucidate what was incomplete and obscure, and develope with perspicuity the practical results and applications. All this is attempted with complete success in this treatise on mensuration, which was first published in periodical numbers, and...
الصفحة 49 - He never, by affecting to be abstruse, becomes obscure ; nor does he ever slide into digressions, for the purpose of shewing how much he knows of other things, besides those that are immediately under discussion. Hence, he is at once concise and perspicuous ; and though he evidently writes rather to be useful than to obtain celebrity, he has procured for himself a reputation, such as hundreds, who have written for reputation alone, will never attain. " The valuable peculiarities of Dr. Hutton, as...
الصفحة 48 - Lecturer, his manner was deliberate and perspicuoDs, his illustrations happy and convincing, and his experiments- usually performed with neatness and success. As an Author, Dr. Hutton has long been the most popular of English mathematical writers ; and there are obvious reasons for this popularity ; which promises to be as permanent as it is extensive. His grand objects are utility in the topics of investigation, sim/ilifity in the mode of their attainment or advancement.
الصفحة 47 - Hutton was characterised by mildness, kindness, promptness in discovering the difficulties which his pupils experienced, patience in labouring to remove those difficulties, unwearied perseverance, and a neverfailing love of the act of communicating knowledge by oral instruction. His patience, indeed, was perfectly invincible. No dulness of apprehension, no forgetfulness in the pupil, ever induced him to yield to irascible emotions, or to forfeit his astonishing power of self-control.
الصفحة 17 - Society, and about the year 1779 he received the degree of LL. D. from the University of Edinburgh ; his friends, Dr. Matthew Stewart, and Mr. Dugald Stewart, (men equally eminent in their respective departments,) being at that time joint professors of mathematics there. In January, 1779, he was appointed Foreign Secretary to the Royal Society; an office which he held till the end of the year 1783, when, in consequence of the dissensions which unhappily...
الصفحة 18 - ... a new and general method of finding simple and quickly converging series; by which the proportion of the diameter of a circle to its circumference may easily be computed to a great many places of figures...
الصفحة 11 - Hutton commenced this undertaking, the books on mensuration that were generally adopted in seminaries of education were those of Hawney and Robertson. Of these, the first contained some attempts at theory, but exhibited in so inelegant and inaccurate a manner, as to render the volume altogether useless. Robertson's work was neat and correct, but limited in its nature, being confined altogether to the exhibition of practical rules and examples. There had been, it is true, from the time of Wallis and...

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