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BY THOMAS LUND, B.D.,
PRINTED AT THE PITT PRESS,
In this Edition a great portion of the supplementary matter, which before occupied the Appendices, is interspersed throughout the book, and is distinguished from Dr. Wood's text by being printed in a smaller type. Part II., on the General Theory of Equations, is entirely omitted, as it is a subject which does not now come before the student in his course of reading at so early a stage as it was formerly wont to do; and as modern discoveries have introduced a mode of treating it essentially different from that employed by Dr. Wood*. Other minor alterations have been made which it is not necessary to particularize : the whole work has been most carefully revised ; and very great pains have been taken to ensure correctness of printing. Many additions also have been made to the Collection of Examples in the Appendix.
The Editor is again indebted for much valuable counsel and assistance to the Rev. L. P. Baker, Rector of Medbourn, formerly Fellow of St. John's College, as well as to many other of his friends engaged in tuition, for which he begs to offer his best thanks; and he will always be happy to receive suggestions for the improvement of the book from those whom practical experience enables to form a correct judgment upon any subject of which it treats.
The following document, lately received from the University Press, is inserted here, both for the sake of preserving it as a matter of history, and also to denote the uniform estimation in which Dr. Wood's work has been held for the long period of 50 years :
First Edition of Wood's Algebra
No. of Copies.
1,000 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000
Morton Rectory, March 1, 1845.
* See Hymers' Treatise on the Theory of Equations. † To the last 400 copies of this Edition Mr. Lund's Appendix was annexed.