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Record 13374

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'Soon after my arrival here, I fell to Wallace's fluxions, with might and main. I would study, I thought, with great vehemence, every night - and the two hours at noon, which I have to dispose of, I would devote to the reading of history and other lighter matters - But alas! two hours I found to be insufficien[t] - by degrees poor Wallace was encroached upon - and is now all but finally discarded. His introduction, it must be confessed, is ponderous & repulsive. His horror of the binomial theorem leads him into strange bye-paths. But he demonstartes [sic] with great rigour.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Sep 1817 and 30 Sep 1817
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Kirkcaldy (probably)
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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Wallace
Title: 'Fluxions' in Encyclopedia Britannica
Genre: Mathematics, Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13374  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 111
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle (Durham, 1970), 1, p. 111,, accessed: 01 June 2023

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