Excerpt from Life of Sir William Rowan Hamilton: LL, D. C, M. R. I The reader will w he prepared for the fact that, in recording zhe successive mathematical discoveries of Sir W. R. Hamilton, I shall t attempt accurately to appreciate their importance, or 30 give them their exact place in connexion with precedent or subsequent discovery. It is beyond my ability to give to the Inquirer concerning the works of Hamilton that aid of collateral information and skilled judgment which Mr. Todhunter has supplied to the readers of his scientific memoir of Dr. Whewell, but I have taken pains to secure that the mathematical statements in the following work shall be correct; they are generally given in the z'psz'ssz'ma verba of Hamilton himself, and, where in doubt, I have consulted friends, of competent authority. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.