Mathematics.

Art. 38. A Compleat Theory of the Construction and Properties of Vessels, with Practical conclusions for the management of Ships, made easy to Navigators Translated from Theoriť complette de la construction et de la manœuvre des Vaisseaux; of the celebrated Leonard Euler. By Henry Watson Esq. 8vo. 5 s. boards. Elmsley. 1776.

The value of the original work, of which this is a translation, is well known to those who are acquainted with the mathematical principles of hydraulics. It is the most compleat scientific treatise, on this subject, as far especially, as it relates to the construction and management of ships. But those who are conversant with foreign publications of this nature, are well apprised, that every language has technical terms and phrases peculiar to itself: the present translation is, on this account, the more valuable: and it is undertaken with a view of rendering the more abstruse and mechanical part of nautical science, generally understood.

The work is divided into three books: in the first book, the Author considers vessels in equilibrium and at rest; and, by a variety of mathematical investigations, determines the stability of different vessels, and lays down rules for this purpose. He closes, with recommending in general, and as the most effectual means of augmenting their stability, to carry the center of gravity as low as possible. The 2d book contains an investigation of the resistance which vessels experience in their course, and of the action of the rudder. The 3d book treats of masts and the management of vessels; to the whole is added, a supplement upon the action of oars.


The Monthly Review; or, Literary Journal. Vol. LVIII.
R. Griffiths, London, 1778. p 83.


Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius.


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