Minimumproblemen in de natuurkunde en de ekonomie.

Proefschrift ter verkrijging van den graad van doctor in de wis- en natuurkunde aan de rijks-universiteit te Leiden … te verdedigen op vrijdag 22 Maart 1929, des naiddags te 4 uur.

Amsterdam: H. J. Paris, 1929 Stock Code: 123617

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Tinbergen's copy of his doctoral thesis, with his initials to the front free endpaper and first blank, two leaves of manuscript inserts, and several neat pencil annotations, including the correction made to formula 10 on p. 7 listed as the single erratum of the first trade edition, and mistakes on pp. 15, 25. This copy with a Dedication leaf ("to my father and mother; to my fiancée") and an Acknowledgment section, neither present in the first trade edition; additionally with two newspaper reviews of Minimumproblemen and a four-page printed sheet titled "Stellingen" laid in.

Tinbergen's thesis is the earliest published application of the author's mathematical theories to economics. "Tinbergen studied physics and mathematics at the University of Leiden under the supervision of the physicist Paul Ehrenfest, a personal friend of Albert Einstein. During his studenthood, Tinbergen's concern for social issues developed after meeting the poor of Leiden, and his commitment to poverty relief would last throughout his whole career. He joined the Social Democratic Labour Party in 1922 Since Tinbergen felt that he could serve the socialist cause better as an economist than as a physician, he engaged in the study of economics through self-learning. His PhD thesis (1929), on the similarity between minimum problems in physics and economics, marks this transition" (Besomi, p. 429). In 1969 Tinbergen was the first to obtain the Nobel Prize for economics.

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Octavo. Contemporary green cloth, black cloth backstrip, spine lettered in black and front cover in gilt, publisher's device blind-stamped to rear board, top edge black.


Very minor wear to extremities, boards a little sunned, front free endpaper tanned from inserted leaves, faint mark from previous erasure to rear free endpaper, else a very good copy, lightly tanned throughout.


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