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Thomas Young: Natural Philosopher 1773–1829

Thomas Young: Natural Philosopher 1773–1829


Charles E. Raven
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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521263764

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  • 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

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521263764
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of illustrations in the text
    Alex Wood - a memoir Charles E. Raven
    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
    Index of names
    Index of subjects.

  • Author

    Alexander Wood

    With contributions by

    Frank Oldham

    Charles E. Raven


    Charles E. Raven

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