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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108038447

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  • Born in Leighlinbridge in Ireland, John Tyndall (1820–93) was a brilliant nineteenth-century experimental physicist and gifted science educator. He worked initially as a draughtsman, then spent a year teaching at an English school before attending the University of Marburg to study physics and chemistry. Tyndall carried out important research on magnetism, light and bacteriology. Among his many significant achievements, he demonstrated the greenhouse effect in Earth's atmospheric gases using absorption spectroscopy. He was a skilled and entertaining educator and as Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution he gave many public lectures and demonstrations of science. In this engaging potpourri of essays published in 1893, Tyndall's prose enlivens subjects as diverse as the life of Louis Pasteur, observing the Sabbath, the prevention of phthisis (tuberculosis), personal experiences of Alpine mountaineering, and the science of rainbows.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108038447
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Sabbath
    2. Goethe's 'Farbenlehre'
    3. Atoms, molecules, and ether waves
    4. Count Rumford
    5. Louis Pasteur, his life and labours
    6. The rainbow and its congeners
    7. Address delivered at the Birbeck Institution on October 22, 1884
    8. Thomas Young
    9. Life in the Alps
    10. About common water
    11. Personal recollections of Thomas Carlyle
    12. On unveiling the statue of Thomas Carlyle
    13. On the origin, propagation, and prevention of phthisis
    14. Old Alpine jottings
    15. A morning on Alp Lusgen.

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    John Tyndall

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