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Title: Conic Sections Treated Geometrically and, George Bell and Sons Educational Catalogue Author: W.H. Besant Release Date: September 6, 2009
I am so often asked for references to some pamphlet or journal in which may be found some outline of my
life, and the enquiries are so often couched in terms of such real kindness, that I have resolved to pen a few
brief autobiographical sketches, which may avail to satisfy friendly questioners, and to serve, in some
measure, as defence against unfair attack.
In the present Treatise the Conic Sections are dened with reference to a
focus and directrix, and I have endeavoured to place before the student the
most important properties of those curves, deduced, as closely as possible,
from the denition.
A survey of London, a record of the greatest of all cities, that should preserve her history, her historical and
literary associations, her mighty buildings, past and present, a book that should comprise all that Londoners
love, all that they ought to know of their heritage from the past--this was the work on which Sir Walter Besant
was engaged when he died.
As he himself said of it: "This work fascinates me more than anything else I've ever done. Nothing at all like it
has ever been attempted before.