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IN these days of innumerable books, it is often a difficult task to correctly appraise the value of a new work, and this is especially the case with books intended for use in classes. The only thing a reviewer can do is to judge whether the volume under his notice differs much from previous volumes on the same subject; and if the author shows no originality of treatment, it seems to us that, his book could very well have been left unwritten. Viewing Dr. Draper's work in this light, we find as follows: (1) Much more attention is paid to the principles of thermodynamics than is usual in class-books of its kind; (2) the examples and exercises distributed throughout the book, and at the end, are more numerous than in most textbooks of heat, and cover a wider range of examinations; (3) the mathematical section of the subject has not been shirked. Little more can be said. The book is as good as any of its class, and to the student who desires to read up for an examination in heat it should be very helpful.

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