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"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.
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"Unlike most collective works, this volume is surprisingly even. I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading each and every one of the essays and profited from my effort!.... These selections can but tempt the prospective reader to delve deeper into the delightful insights provided by this volume. While intended to contribute to the popular consumption of the history of science, Cambridge Scientific Minds also epitomizes the best of recent developments in the history of science itself. The authors and editors are to be congratulated for a job very well done." Isis

"...provides a portrait of some of the most eminent scientists associated with the University over the past 400 years." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

"In making some aspects of the history of science accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience, the editors and the authors and the publisher have rendered their readers as well as Cambridge, science, and the history of science a considerable service...historians of science can browse this book with benefit and pleasure." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521781008
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Harman is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University. At Cambridge he lectured in the history of science and was a Research Fellow of Clare Hall. He has written several books published by Cambridge University Press.

Simon Mitton studied physics at the University of Oxford, following which he did a PhD in radio astronomy at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is the Senior Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. This is his tenth book.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
1 William Gilbert 6
2 William Harvey 21
3 Isaac Newton: Creator of the Cambridge scientific tradition 36
4 William Whewell: A Cambridge historian and philosopher of science 51
5 Adam Sedgwick: A confident mind in turmoil 64
6 Charles Babbage: Science and reform 79
7 Charles Darwin 94
8 Stokes and Kelvin, Cambridge and Glasgow, light and heat 107
9 James Clerk Maxwell 123
10 The duo from Trinity: A. N. Whitehead and Bertrand Russell on the foundations of mathematics, 1895-1925 141
11 Thomson, Rutherford and atomic physics at the Cavendish 155
12 Hopkins and biochemistry 172
13 Charles Sherrington, E. D. Adrian, and Henry Dale: The Cambridge Physiological Laboratory and the physiology of the nervous system 187
14 Hardy and Littlewood 202
15 Arthur Stanley Eddington 220
16 Paul Dirac: A quantum genius 240
17 Alan Turing 253
18 Francis Crick and James Watson 269
19 Mary Cartwright 282
20 Joseph Needham 299
21 Molecular biology in Cambridge 313
22 The discovery of pulsars - prelude and aftermath 325
23 Stephen W. Hawking 338
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