By Robert E. Schofield
In The Enlightened Joseph Priestley Robert Schofield completes his two-volume biography of 1 of the good figures of the English Enlightenment. the 1st quantity, released in 1997, coated the 1st 40 years of Joseph Priestley’s lifestyles in England. during this moment quantity, Schofield surveys the mature years of Priestley, together with the achievements that have been to make him famous—the discovery of oxygen, the defenses of Unitarianism, and the political liberalism that characterised his later existence. He additionally recounts Priestley’s flight to Pennsylvania in 1794 and the ultimate years of his lifestyles spent alongside the Susquehanna in Northumberland. jointly, the 2 volumes will stand because the typical biography of Priestley for years to come.
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804), a latest and pal of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, handed even those polymaths within the breadth of his interest and studying. but Priestley is usually portrayed in detrimental phrases, as a stressed mind, incapable of confining himself to any unmarried job, with out strength or originality, and marked by way of hasty and superficial notion. In The Enlightened Joseph Priestley, he emerges as a guy who was once greater than a fortunate empiricist in technology, greater than a naive political liberal, greater than an exhaustive compiler of superficial proof in militant aid of Unitarianism. in truth, he used to be realized in a rare number of matters, from grammar, schooling, aesthetics, metaphysics, politics, and theology to normal philosophy. Priestley was once, in reality, a guy of the Enlightenment.
By Andrew I. Dale
"Interesting and beneficial as all it will be for an individual drawn to realizing extra approximately Bayes, this can be simply a part of the riches contained during this e-book . . . past doubt this publication is a piece of the very best quality by way of the scholarship it monitors, and may be considered as a needs to for each mathematical library." --MAA ONLINE
By Laurent Schwartz
The biography of mathematician Laurent Schwartz within the context of his century. goals to supply readers with a feeling of the import of his paintings and his achievements, and his amazing skills as a philosopher and mathematician. additionally records the scholar's dedication to social explanations comparable to the civil rights move and the Vietnam conflict. Softcover.
By A. C. Crombie
A.C. Crombie sees the heritage of Western technological know-how because the background of a imaginative and prescient and a controversy, initiated via the traditional Greeks of their look for ideas instantly of nature and of argument itself. This clinical imaginative and prescient explored and regulated through argument, and the diversification of either imaginative and prescient and argument via clinical adventure and via interplay with the broader contexts of highbrow tradition, represent the lengthy historical past of eu clinical proposal. Underlying that improvement were particular commitments to conceptions of nature and of technology and its highbrow and ethical assumptions, followed through a recurrent critique; their diversification has generated a chain of alternative forms of clinical considering and of constructing theoretical and functional judgements which he describes and analyses.
By Stephen Luntz
Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats is an interesting choice of greater than 70 profiles of Australian scientists from 15 fields of actual, organic and clinical technology. those scientists were chosen simply because their examine is inspiring, exciting or just quirky, or simply because they've got taken an strange or attention-grabbing route to the paintings they do.
• A forensic archaeologist whose paintings has taken her from Antarctica to Pompeii
• A palaeontologist who revolutionized realizing of Australia’s dinosaurs
• a working laptop or computer scientist educating pcs to appreciate jokes
• The engineer in the back of applied sciences which could deliver transparent sight to a thousand million humans and fresh power to billions extra.
For a person contemplating a profession in technological know-how, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats presents perception into the demanding situations and triumphs of being a scientist. for everybody else, it's a infrequent peek into the truth of the way technology is completed.
By Alfred I. Tauber
This attention-grabbing highbrow heritage is the 1st serious research of the paintings of Elie Metchnikoff, the founder of glossy immunology. Metchnikoff authored and championed the speculation that phagocytic cells actively shield the host physique opposed to pathogens and diseased cells. His software constructed from comparative embryological reviews that sought to set up genealogical relatives among species on the sunrise of the Darwinian revolution. during this medical biography, Tauber and Chernyak discover ore Metchnikoff's improvement as an embryologist, displaying the way it ready him to suggest his conception of host-pathogen interplay. They talk about the profound influence of Darwin's conception of evolution on Metchnikoff's development, and the impact of nineteenth century debates on vitalism, teleology, and mechanism. As a case learn of medical discovery, this paintings bargains lucid perception into the method of artistic technology and its dependence on cultural and philosophic assets. Immunologists and historians of technological know-how and medication will locate it an soaking up and obtainable account of a awesome individual.
By Merle A Reinikka
An enticing account of humanity's growing to be fascination with orchids from precedent days onward, including a biographical gallery of fifty nice scientists, naturalists, and explorers who contributed to our wisdom of orchids. The nomenclature and bibliography were up-to-date for this version.
From Galaxies to generators: technology, know-how and the Parsons family members seems on the manner technology and relate to one another, and on the manner social attitudes have an effect on this dating. a professional at the Parsons relations, the writer fantastically illustrates this by way of tracing the tale of the amazing endeavors of the Parsons relations throughout the one hundred twenty five years that embraced their lives in eire and nice Britain in the course of the constructing commercial Revolution.
The father of the kinfolk, William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, came upon the Spiral Nebulae at his observatory in eire and displayed an strange familiarity with engineering ideas within the construction of his monstrous telescopes. His son, Charles, used to be on the leading edge of the recent age of know-how between shipbuilders and engineers within the northeast coast of britain.
Lavishly illustrated all through, with a convenient genealogy and map of the River Tyne pin-pointing key old occasions, this can be a hugely available and engaging account for the overall reader drawn to the way in which clinical wisdom and business program have slowly emerged in fresh historical past.
By Edwin S. Gaustad
The 10th and youngest son of a bad Boston soapmaker, Benjamin Franklin could upward push to develop into, in Thomas Jefferson's phrases, "the maximum guy and decoration of his age." during this brief, attractive biography, historian Edwin S. Gaustad bargains a wonderful portrait of this towering colonial determine, illuminating Franklin's personality and personality.
this is actually the most striking lives that you can think of, a guy who, with basically years of formal schooling, turned a printer, writer, postmaster, thinker, world-class scientist and inventor, statesman, musician, and abolitionist. Gaustad offers a chronological account of some of these accomplishments, delightfully spiced with quotations from Franklin's personal wide writings. The ebook describes how the hardworking Franklin grew to become at age 24 the main winning printer in Pennsylvania and the way by way of forty two, with the aid of Poor Richard's Almanack, he had gathered adequate wealth to retire from company. We then stick to Franklin's subsequent awesome profession, as an inventor and scientist, studying his pioneering paintings on electrical energy and his innovations of the Franklin range, the lightning rod, and bifocals, in addition to his mapping of the Gulf circulate, an incredible contribution to navigation. finally, the publication covers Franklin's position as America's prime statesman, starting from his years in England sooner than the progressive conflict to his time in France thereafter, highlighting his many contributions to the reason for liberty. alongside the best way, Gaustad sheds gentle on Franklin's own existence, together with his afflicted dating together with his illegitimate son William, who remained a Loyalist in the course of the Revolution, and Franklin's recommendations on such issues as faith and morality.
Written by means of a number one authority on colonial the United States, this compact biography captures in a remarkably small house some of the most protean lives in our nation's history.
Edited by means of of the main revered students within the box, this milestone reference combines "facts-fronted" quick entry to biographical info with hugely readable debts and analyses of approximately 3000 scientists' lives, works, and accomplishments. For all educational and public libraries' technological know-how and women's experiences collections.