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Record Number: 5121


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I likewise turned into Charles Bossut's Mecanique - to study his demonstration of pendulums, and his doctrine of forces. The text is often tediously explanatory - & in the notes, it is but a dim hallucination of the truth that I can obtain thro' the medium of integrals & differentials by which he communicates it.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 25 Apr 1818 and 25 May 1818

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy

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:

Charles Bossut

Title:

Mecanique

Genre:

Textbook / self-education, Mathematics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published Paris, 1810. One volume in 'Cours complet de mathematique', 7 vols

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5121

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, South Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

127

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 127, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5121, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 25th May 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 126 - 130 in this edition. Estimated dates of reading experience based on a reference that Carlyle makes in a letter to James Johnston dated 30th April 1818, that Mitchell came to stay with him 'the other week'.

   
   
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