Excerpt from Scientific Papers, Vol. 1 Since I took my degree the greater part of my time has been spent in teaching and its necessary concomitants. The rest, except 'in so far as it was devoted to the preparation of text-books, has been occupied rather with fresh mathematical or experimental inquiries than in fully writing out the results of earlier ones. Thus the present collection presents a very irregular aspect - a few only of the papers giving anything like full details, while the remainder are often of the most fragmentary character, being in many cases more than very condensed abstracts. Among the more detailed papers are the earlier of those in which quaternions are employed. These were written while I was endeavouring to familiarise myself with the new calculus, and were, in great part, worked out before I had any communication with Sir W. R. Hamilton except through his Lectures a fascinating book, which, by great good fortune, I had taken with me on a vacation tour as a companion for wet days. When I made Hamilton's acquaintance a year or two later, through Dr Andrews, I submitted to him some of the more formidable difficulties which I had met in the study of his great work, and the hints I thus obtained were of much use to me in finally preparing these papers for publication. As they received a cordial imprimatur from Hamilton, with a tice* recommending them to the attention of students of the subject, I had hesitation in deciding to reprint them in the present collection. 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.