Thomas Young: Natural Philosopher, 1773-1829

Overview

Originally published in 1954, this biography was the result of many years' labour by its author, Alexander Wood. At the time of Dr Wood's death, he had completed the first ten chapters and left notes for the remaining two, which were finished by Frank Oldham. The volume traces the life of the famous English natural philosopher Thomas Young (1773–1829) from his precocious childhood through his later career as a physician and his accomplishments in the study of optics and languages. As Mr Oldham notes in the ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1954, this biography was the result of many years' labour by its author, Alexander Wood. At the time of Dr Wood's death, he had completed the first ten chapters and left notes for the remaining two, which were finished by Frank Oldham. The volume traces the life of the famous English natural philosopher Thomas Young (1773–1829) from his precocious childhood through his later career as a physician and his accomplishments in the study of optics and languages. As Mr Oldham notes in the preface, 'Young forms a fascinating subject in the field of biography, not only from his amazing scientific record and his wide classical learning combined with his remarkable depth of knowledge in philosophy, but also as a humanist working disinterestedly in the cause of truth.' The book is richly illustrated and contains a memoir of the late author by his acquaintance Professor Charles E. Raven.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521263764
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/18/2011
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates; List of illustrations in the text; Alex Wood - a memoir Charles E. Raven; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Early years, 1733–92; 2. Medical study in London and Edinburgh, 1792–4; 3. Medical study in Göttingen and Cambridge, 1795–9; 4. Physician and medical author; 5. The human eye; 6. Professor at the Royal Institution; 7. The wave theory of light is founded; 8. Theory of light; 9. The Rosetta Stone; 10. Rival claims of Young and Champollion; 11. The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1917–25); 12. Herculaneum and languages; 13. Standards of length, Young and the Admiralty, life assurance; 14. Nautical almanac and board of longitude; 15. Events in later life; Appendix; Index of names; Index of subjects.

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