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Faraday as a Discoverer

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Fourth edition, leatherbound, marbled ends.
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published 1884 by Longmans, Green & Co. (first published 1868)
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Jul 29, 2016 Barak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unless someone is really interested in the archaic as well as in a very detailed description of experiments in electromagnetism I would not recommend them reading this book.

It does have a historic value of course, being what Tyndall a distinguished scientist in his own right and a good friend and young colleague (as well as successor) of Faraday wrote about him.

Most of what's written is factual, dry and scientific though, and does not give the "Big Picture", which is fully excused if we acknowle
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Jun 20, 2014 Dawn Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading about the lives of great people is always interesting, Faraday is no exception. I didn't really like the narration style in places however Faraday's attitude and personality came across well.
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Apr 15, 2011 Patricrk patrick rated it liked it
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This is an old book. It was first published about the time Thomas Edison filed for his first patent. Therefore it asks the question "what good is electricity?" in all seriousness. A rather dry writing style but gives a good glimpse of all the contributions Faraday made to chemistry and electronics by his dedication as a experimenter and observer.
Dec 09, 2012 Metageek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a biography of Faraday, the famous British chemist, written by one of his collaborators in the 1880s. It is reasonably readable considering that this was written in the 19th century.
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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 ...more
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