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By Virginia Woolf

A useful consultant to the paintings and brain of Virginia Woolf, drawn by means of her husband from the non-public list she stored over a interval of twenty-seven years. integrated are entries that check with her personal writing, others which are truly writing workouts; debts of individuals and scenes proper to the uncooked fabric of her paintings; and reviews on books she was once studying. Edited and with a Preface by means of Leonard Woolf; Indices.

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K. Nartov; following Euler’s design, a steam engine was also built using Papin’s principle. Next to such strenuous duties, there remained still sufficient time to the young scholar for his principal and favored occupation, namely for the mathematical sciences. Already the second volume of the Commentarii (1727) of 1729 shows three papers of Euler: a purely mathematical one on reciprocal trajectories70 , the second on tautochrones71 , and a third, physical one, on the elasticity of air72 . It was with a scientific communication (on a question of hydraulics) that Euler on August 5, 1727, addressed the Petersburg Academy for the first time.

Johann Georg Gmelin (1709–1755), the “Benjamin” of the group, also came from Duvernoy’s and Bülfinger’s “school of Tübingen”, and arrived in Petersburg two months after Euler. He was the precocious, highly talented son of his equally named father, a famous pharmacist and chemist. 59 From other German districts there were still five more personalities that joined the Petersburg Academy. The historian Gottlieb Siegfried Bayer (1694–1738) came as Professor for Greek-Roman archaeology, and the theologian Johann Georg Leutmann (1667–1736), the senior of the group, was called upon the suggestion of Hermann as mechanic and optician after having given up his country parish in Wittenberg.

With the help of absolutism, and under continuing conditions of feudalism. These reforms concerned the state administration, the army, the economy, and the educational system. It needs to be said that aside from the decisive internal factors, which made these reorganizations possible in the first place, there were a number of external factors favorably at work. Russia was able to benefit from experiences gained elsewhere. This is especially true in the area of science. Faced with the alternative of either developing the required scientific potential for an academy in the country itself through a foreseeably lengthy process, or else call scientists from abroad and entrust them with the task of building an institution of science that met Russia’s goals and, at the same time, observed teaching functions, the tsar opted for the latter.

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