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Cambridge scientific minds
Harman, P. M. (Peter Michael), 1943-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
William Gilbert -- William Harvey -- Isaac Newton: creator of the Cambridge scientific tradition -- William Whewell: a Cambridge historian and philosopher of science -- Adam Sedgwick: a confident mind in turmoil -- Charles Babbage: science and reform -- Charles Darwin -- Stokes and Kelvin, Cambridge and Glasgow, light and heat -- James Clerk Maxwell -- The duo from Trinity: A. N. Whitehead and Bertrand Russell on the foundations of mathematics, 1895-1925 -- Thomson, Rutherford and atomic physics at the Cavendish -- Hopkins and biochemistry -- Charles Sherrington, E. D. Adrian, and Henry Dale: the Cambridge Physiological Laboratory and the physiology of the nervous system -- Hardy and Littlewood -- Arthur Stanley Eddington -- Paul Dirac: a quantum genius -- Alan Turing -- Francis Crick and James Watson -- Mary Cartwright -- Joseph Needham -- Molecular biology in Cambridge -- The discovery of pulsars--prelude and aftermath -- Stephen W. Hawking.

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Since the 'scientific revolution' of the seventeenth century, a great number of distinguished scientists and mathematicians have been associated with the University of Cambridge. Cambridge Scientific Minds provides a portrait of some of the most eminent scientists associated with the University over the past 400 years, including accounts of the work of three of the greatest figures in the entire history of science, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and James Clerk Maxwell. The chronological balance reflects the increasing importance of science in the recent history of the University. The book comprises personal memoirs and historical essays, including contributions by leading Cambridge scientists. Cambridge Scientific Minds will be of interest not only to graduates of the University, science students and historians of science, but to anyone wishing to gain an insight into some of the greatest scientific minds in history.

Table of Contents

IntroductionPeter Harman
1 William Gilbert Stephen Pumfrey
2 William Harvey Andrew Cunningham
3 Isaac Newton Rupert Hall
4 William Whewell Richard Yeo
5 Adam Sedgwick David Oldroyd
6 Charles Babbage Anthony Hyman
7 Charles Darwin Peter Bowler
8 Stokes and Kelvin David Wilson
9 James Clerk Maxwell Simon Schaffer
10 Russell and Whitehead Ivor Grattan-Guinness
11 Thomson and Rutherford Brian Pippard
12 Gowland Hopkins Harmke Kamminga
13 Sherrington and Adrian Tilli Tansey
14 Hardy and Littlewood Robin Wilson
15 Arthur Eddington Malcolm Longair
16 Paul Dirac Helge Kragh
17 Alan Turing Andrew Hodges
18 Crick and Watson Robert Olby
19 Mary Cartwright Tom Körner
20 Joseph Needham Gregory Blue
21 Molecular biology Max Perutz
22 Radioastronomy Antony Hewish
23 Stephen Hawking Simon Mitton