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Fragments of science for unscientific people: a series of detached essays, lectures, and reviews.
by John Tyndall
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Paperback, 436 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by University of Michigan Library
(first published January 1st 1874)
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The Irish scientist and writer John Tyndall is almost forgotten today, but in the nineteenth century he was in effect the first science populariser, and his lectures in the United States drew crowds as large as those for Charles Dickens. The fortune he made from those lectures was used to set up a fund for the advancement of American science. A contemporary biographer wrote “Prof. Tyndall occupies the foremost place among his contemporaries, his only rival being his friend, Prof. Huxley [‘Darwin ...more
John Tyndall FRS (2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was a prominent 19th century physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he made discoveries in the realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air. Tyndall also published more than a dozen science books which brought state-of-the-art 19th century experimental physics to a wide au ...moreMore about John Tyndall...