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Cavendish : the experimental life
Jungnickel, Christa.
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[Revised edition].
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[Lewisburg, Pa.] : Bucknell, 1999.
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xvi, 814 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Pt. 1. Lord Charles Cavendish -- Pt. 2. The Honorable Henry & Lord Charles Cavendish -- Pt. 3. Henry Cavendish -- Pt. 4. Henry Cavendish's scientific letters -- Appendix 1. Family trees -- Appendix 2. Henry Cavendish's chronology and publications -- Appendix 3. Officers of the Royal Society.
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Central Library QD22.C4 J86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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History of Lord Charles Cavendish and his son Henry, who made their mark in eighteenth-century Britain in the fields of politics and science respectively.

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This literally monumental book is testimony to the astonishingly painstaking research over many years by Jungnickel (deceased) and McCormmach (Univ. of Oregon). This extensively revised version of their Cavendish (CH, Sep'97) adds a very valuable fourth section (more than a quarter of the book): "Henry Cavendish's Scientific Letters." Many of the 113 letters to and from him have never before been published, and here they are meticulously transcribed and informatively footnoted. The brief introduction is crucial in making clear how this biography, which shows "what it meant for two gentlemen, first, Lord Charles Cavendish and then the Honorable Henry Cavendish [his son] to work in science," relates to earlier studies and differs from and transcends them. No one contemplating research on anything about these men and their work can afford not to start with this comprehensive, well-organized, and superbly documented book. Not only does it recount and reevaluate the activities of Henry and his father, it sheds much new insight into the world of both politics and science from the 1680s to 1810. The detailed table of contents makes up in large measure for the inconvenient index of names (subject subheads are listed in order of appearance rather than alphabetically). A bargain at any price! Undergraduates through faculty. E. R. Webster; Wellesley College

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