Joseph Henry: The Rise of an American Scientist available in Hardcover
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In this first biography of Henry since 1950, Albert E. Moyer reconstructs the crucial early phases of Henry's career, tracing how a boy of modest means in a nation of scant scientific resources attained international prominence in the field of physics. Moyer also offers a revisionist view of Henry's most enduring contribution -- the discovery of mutual induction -- and explains how the parallel work of British researcher Michael Faraday, who traditionally has been credited with the discovery, depended on a powerful electromagnet designed by Henry. Detailing Henry's progress from aspiring engineer leading a ragtag survey party in New York State's back country to adored Princeton professor teaching a generation not only the concepts but also the moral and religious implications of physics, the book concludes with Henry's candidacy in 1846 for the secretaryship of the fledgling Smithsonian Institution.
Describing the ways in which Joseph Henry influenced and was influenced by a young nation's scientific and cultural currents, this biography illuminates not only the character of nineteenth-century scientific exploration but also the place of science in American culture.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Prologue: Know Ye Not That There Is a Prince and a Great Man Fallen Chapter 2 1. An Unsettled Beginning Chapter 3 2. From Student to Surveyor Chapter 4 3. Teaching at Albany Academy Chapter 5 4. Master of Electromagnets Chapter 6 5. The Hunt for Electromagnetic Induction Chapter 7 6. Staking a Claim Chapter 8 7. Joseph and Harriet Chapter 9 8. The Call to Princeton Chapter 10 9. Settling In Chapter 11 10. Professor Henry Chapter 12 11. New Experiments Chapter 13 12. Reassessments Chapter 14 13. Philadelphia Connections Chapter 15 14. London, Paris, and Edinburgh Chapter 16 15. Measuring Up Chapter 17 16. Proper Compensation Chapter 18 18. On to the Smithsonian Chapter 19 Epilogue: The Nestor of American Science