Catalogue Number: 3271
Optical tables and data for use of opticians
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: Silvanus Phillips THOMPSON
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1907
Edition: 2nd Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: E and FN Spon Ltd
Description Of Item: Original brown cloth cover, 130 x 200 mm, , gold lettered, 93 pages, 55 illustrations. On the front cover paste down is a bookplate for AOA national Library (Wright Library) indicating the book was donated by D. J. Rees in 1997. On the front fly leaf are hand-written notes and calculations.
Historical Significance: These are tables for use by optometrists. Professor Sylvanus Phillips Thompson DSc LLD FRS (1851-1916) was a prolific writer on a wide range of subjects. He was a professor of physics at the City and Guilds Technical College in Finsbury, England. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1891 and was known for his work as an electrical engineer and as an author. Thompson's most enduring publication is his 1910 text Calculus Made Easy. Thompson also wrote a popular physics text, 'Elementary Lessons in Electricity and Magnetism', as well as biographies of Lord Kelvin and Michael Faraday. We had another copy in poor condition catalogued at No 334 which has now been de-accessioned.
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia (Wright Library)
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection