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John H. Timberlake student notebooks

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: ViU-2019-0054

Content Description

First volume covers the courses on Foreign Language and History taught by Professors de Vere and Holmes. Generally divided into a French and Spanish section, with an "Index Variorum," "Notes on French Idioms," and timelines of authors' lives. Second volume covers the courses on Mathematics taught by Prof. Bledsoe, with sections on differential calculus, integral calculus, and analytical problems. Third volume, illustrated by Mr. Timberlake, covers the course on natural philosophy taught by Prof. Francis H. Smith. The physics notebook mentions the "only hypothetical" atomic theory, different types of particles, adn the "question of the infinite divisibility of matter." Frequent hand drawn illustrations of Newtonian physics, hydro- and aerodynamics, light, acoustics, electricity, geology, and pneumatic machines. Full page illustration of an early steam engine on p.120. Fourth volume covers Natural philosophy as well as moral philosophy. Taught by Prof. McGuffy, or "Buck McGuffy," with mentions of the "three laws of motion," "vis viva" (an early term for kinetic energy), and an account of Roger Joseph Boscovich's atomic theory. Also with notes on astronomy, and specifically "Kirkwood's Analogy." Notes on moral philosophy pay significant attention to the Scottish school of Common Sense. Fifth and final volume covers Timberlake's Chemistry classes. Sections on magnetism, electricity, and galvanism. The list of elements on p.61-62 lists 63 elements.

Acquisition Type



Purchased, 21 December 2018.

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  • 1854 - 1858


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 document box)