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History of the Inductive Sciences

History of the Inductive Sciences
From the Earliest to the Present Times
3 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy

  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108019279

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  • A central figure in Victorian science, William Whewell (1794–1866) held professorships in Mineralogy and Moral Philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge, before becoming Master of the college in 1841. His mathematical textbooks, such as A Treatise on Dynamics (1823), were instrumental in bringing French analytical methods into British science. This three-volume history, first published in 1837, is one of Whewell's most famous works. Taking the 'acute, but fruitless, essays of Greek philosophy' as a starting point, it provides a history of the physical sciences that culminates with the mechanics, astronomy, and chemistry of 'modern times'. Volume 1 focuses on ancient Greek physics and metaphysics and their reception during the middle ages. Volume 2 discusses the rise of modern mechanics and emphasises the paradigmatic shift from mere observation to the explanation of causes. Volume 3 highlights the convergence of mechanical and chemical theories in discoveries about electricity, magnetism and thermodynamics.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108019279
    • dimensions: 330 x 252 x 162 mm
    • weight: 2.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Mechanical Sciences
    Book VI. History of Mechanics, Including Fluid Mechanics
    Part II. The Secondary Mechanical Sciences
    Book VIII. History of Acoustics
    Part III. The Mechanico-Chemical Sciences
    Book XI. History of Electricity
    Part IV. The Analytical Science. Book XIV. History of Chemistry
    Part V. The Analytico-Classificatory Science
    Book XV. History of Mineralogy
    Part VI. Classificatory Sciences
    Book XVI. History of Systematic Botany and Zoology
    Part VII. Organical Sciences
    Book XVII. History of Physiology and Comparative Anatomy
    Part VIII. The Palaetiological Sciences
    Book XVIII. History of Geology.

  • Author

    William Whewell

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