English Title

Physical dissertation on sound

Authors

Leonhard Euler

Enestrom Number

2

Fuss Index

500

Original Language

Latin

Published as

Quarto book

Published Date

1727

Written Date

1727

Archive Notes

Euler wrote this Habilitation thesis as part of his application to the Physics chair of the University of Basel in 1727 (it was customary to present a paper of one's research, to demonstrate that one might be of service to the institution). It was reprinted in 1751 in a collection of papers edited by Albrecht von Haller in Göttingen.

Content Summary

Euler first explains his theory of what makes up the atmosphere; the basis of his theory lies in the theory of elasticity of the teacher he had before Johann Bernoulli. He also states (without proof) a formula for the speed of propagation and derives from it numerical values of the correct order of magnitude for air.

Original Source Citation

Basel: E. and J. R. Thurnisiorum, Volume 1727, pp. 208-226.

Opera Omnia Citation

Series 3, Volume 1, pp.181-196.

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2018-09-25

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