Paris: Georges Carré, Éditeur, 1892. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , vi-xix, , 432,  pp. Quarter red leather over marbled boards, spine lettered in gold, sprinkled textblock, decorative endpapers and pastedowns; binding dates to early 20th century. Redigées [edited] par J. Blondin, agregé de l'Universite. Illustrated throughout by diagrams and mathematical equations relevant to the lectures. Part of the series, "Cours de la Faculté des Sciences de Paris: Cours de Physique Mathematique". SEP, "Henri Poincaré". MacTutor, "Jules Henri Poincaré". This volume contains a series of lectures Poincaré delivered at the Sorbonne on his work concerning thermodynamics. Known as "the last polymath", Poincaré contributed research to symbolic logic, calculus and differential equations, the three body problem (and subsequently Chaos Theory), non-Euclidean geometry, and is credited as a co-discoverer of the Theory of Relativity. The volume starts off discussing the first and second laws of thermodynamics (since it was published before the zeroth law was discovered), covering the conservation of energy and the stability of entropy in a system over time, which Poincaré calls la principe du Carnot ou de Clausius. His introduction to his lectures state that the students will study these principles and their immediate consequences. The lectures delve deeply into the physics of energy, heat, movement, entropy, and the experiments Poincaré conducted during his research. An important annal in the history of science and physics, difficult to find in the first edition. Near Fine. Item #00009055
A Near Fine copy with a touch of rubbing to the corners of the boards, leaves clean and bright.