Book ID: CBB074896670

The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 3: The Correspondence, January 1850-December 1852 (2017)


Barton, Ruth (Editor)
Rankin, Jeremiah (Editor)
Reidy, Michael Sean (Editor)

University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 656 pages
Language: English

As this volume begins, John Tyndall was a PhD student living in Marburg. He was unknown, almost broke, and working himself to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion in his determination to forge a reputation in science. In the period covered by this volume, he completed his degree, published his first scientific papers, became a regular participant in the British Association meetings, established friendships with leading men of science in Berlin and London, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, and applied for, but failed to obtain, various scientific positions. As the volume ends, he was preparing his first lecture to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the catalyst for a profound transition in his life. Taken together, the 305 letters herein offer a behind-the-scenes view of nineteenth-century publishing processes, the practices and challenges of diamagnetic research, the application procedures for university positions, the use of patronage in establishing a scientific career, and the often anxious and weary-worn personality of Tyndall, the ambitious protagonist.

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Authors & Contributors
Sauer, Tilman
Lightman, Bernard V.
Hesketh, Ian
Einstein, Albert
Buchwald, Diana Kormos
Barton, Michael D.
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of Historical Geography
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
British Journal for the History of Science
University of Pittsburgh Press
Princeton University Press
Drew University
University of Chicago Press
Pickering & Chatto
Oxford University Press
Collected correspondence
Reference books
Collected works
Correspondence and corresponding
Tyndall, John
Einstein, Albert
Darwin, Charles Robert
Stokes, George Gabriel
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Pasteur, Louis
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Great Britain
Belfast, Ireland
London (England)
South Africa
British Isles
Presbyterian Church
Royal Society of London
Royal Institution of Great Britain

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