Book ID: CBB788723675

The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume I: The Correspondence, May 1840–August 1843 (2016)


Cantor, Geoffrey N. (Editor)
Dawson, Gowan (Editor)

University of Pittsburgh Press

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 544
Language: English

The 230 letters in this inaugural volume of The Correspondence of John Tyndall chart Tyndall’s emergence into early adulthood, spanning from his arrival in Youghal in May 1840 as a civil assistant with just a year’s experience working on the Irish Ordnance Survey to his pseudonymous authorship of an open letter to the prime minister, Robert Peel, protesting the pay and conditions on the English Survey in August 1843. The letters, which include Tyndall’s earliest extant correspondence, encompass some of the most significant events of the early 1840s. Tyndall’s correspondents also discuss their experiences of British military expansion in India and economic migration to North America, among other topics. The letters show the development of many of the traits and talents, both mathematical and literary, that would subsequently make Tyndall one of most prominent men of science in Victorian Britain. They also afford broader insights into a period of almost unprecedented social upheaval and cultural and technological change that ultimately shaped Tyndall’s development into adulthood.

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Authors & Contributors
Browne, E. Janet
Lightman, Bernard V.
Dawson, Gowan
Baldwin, Melinda Clare
Barton, Michael D.
William Rone Vieira
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
History of Science
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Chicago Press
de Gruyter
University of Toronto Press
Princeton University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Correspondence and corresponding
Science and religion
Science and society
Tyndall, John
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Darwin, Charles Robert
Russell, Bertrand Arthur William
Pasteur, Louis
Hooker, Joseph Dalton
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
London (England)
Royal Society of London
Royal Institution of Great Britain

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