Roger Cotes: Cambridge Lectures on Hydrostatics and Pneumatics

Scope and Content

17 lectures on hydrostatics and pneumatics, with the label 'Hydrostaticks. MS' (352pp.). The arrangement of lectures in the MS does not correspond with the arrangement in the published edition. The volume has the book plate of John, [3rd] Earl of Bute.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roger Cotes (1682-1716), Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1705-16, was Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Natural Philosophy at Cambridge, 1706-16, and editor of the new edition of Newton's Principia, 1713. Cotes wrote a series of lectures in 1707 to describe a course of experiments with which he had been involved, which were published by his literary executor Robert Smith as Hydrostatical and pneumatical lectures, 1738.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Christie's, 15th March 1995 (Bute Library sale).


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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