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Record Number: 13374


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Soon after my arrival here, I fell to Wallace's fluxions, with might and main. I would study, I thought, with great vehemence, every night - and the two hours at noon, which I have to dispose of, I would devote to the reading of history and other lighter matters - But alas! two hours I found to be insufficien[t] - by degrees poor Wallace was encroached upon - and is now all but finally discarded. His introduction, it must be confessed, is ponderous & repulsive. His horror of the binomial theorem leads him into strange bye-paths. But he demonstartes [sic] with great rigour.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Sep 1817 and 30 Sep 1817

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy (probably)

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Thomas Carlyle

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Dec 1795

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer / Academic

Religion:

Lapsed Calvinist

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Wallace

Title:

'Fluxions' in Encyclopedia Britannica

Genre:

Mathematics, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

13374

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

111

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle, (Durham, 1970), 1, p. 111, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=13374, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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