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Cambridge Scientific Minds

Cambridge Scientific Minds

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Alec Broers, Peter Harman, Stephen Pumfrey, Andrew Cunningham, Rupert Hall, Richard Yeo, David Oldroyd, Anthony Hyman, Peter Bowler, David Wilson, Simon Schaffer, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Brian Pippard, Harmke Kamminga, Tilli Tansey, Robin Wilson, Malcolm Longair, Helge Kragh, Andrew Hodges, Robert Olby, Tom Körner, Gregory Blue, Max Perutz , Antony Hewish, Simon Mitton
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  • Date Published: January 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521786126

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  • Since the scientific revolutions of the seventeenth century, a great number of distinguished scientists and mathematicians have been associated with Cambridge University. Cambridge Scientific Minds is a unique account of some of the University's most eminent thinkers over the last 400 years, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and James Clerk Maxwell. While the rapid establishment during the Newtonian era of a series of professorships for mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, anatomy, botany, geology, and geometry marked the University's scientific coming of age, this volume's chronological balance reflects on the increasing importance of science in the institution's recent history. Chapters on Paul Dirac, Alan Turing, Joseph Needham, and Stephen Hawking, among others, represent the recent intellectual efflorescence at Cambridge. Personal memoirs and historical essays, written by leading historians, scientists, and Nobel Laureates, make Cambridge Scientific Minds as enjoyable to read as it is accessible. Peter Harman is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University. He has published primarily on the history of physics and natural philosophy in the 18th and 19th centuries, the period from Newton to Maxwell. His previous books include Energy, Force and Matter (Cambridge, 1982), The Investigation of Difficult Things (Cambridge, 1992), After Newton: Essays on Natural Philosophy (Variorum, 1993), The Scientific Letters and Papers of James Clerk Maxwell, volume 1 (Cambridge, 1990), volume 2 (Cambridge, 1995). Simon Mitton studied physics at the University of Oxford, and received a PhD in radio astronomy at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is Senior Fellow at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. This is his tenth book.

    • Unique account of some of the most eminent scientists associated with Cambridge University
    • Essays by leading historians and scientists, including several Nobel Laureates
    • Accessible to a wide readership
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    "Unlike most collective works, this volume is surprisingly even. I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading each and every one of the essays and profited from my effort!.... These selections can but tempt the prospective reader to delve deeper into the delightful insights provided by this volume. While intended to contribute to the popular consumption of the history of science, Cambridge Scientific Minds also epitomizes the best of recent developments in the history of science itself. The authors and editors are to be congratulated for a job very well done." Isis

    "...provides a portrait of some of the most eminent scientists associated with the University over the past 400 years." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

    "In making some aspects of the history of science accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience, the editors and the authors and the publisher have rendered their readers as well as Cambridge, science, and the history of science a considerable service...historians of science can browse this book with benefit and pleasure." Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences

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    • Date Published: January 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521786126
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Peter Harman
    1. William Gilbert Stephen Pumfrey
    2. William Harvey Andrew Cunningham
    3. Isaac Newton Rupert Hall
    4. William Whewell Richard Yeo
    5. Adam Sedgwick David Oldroyd
    6. Charles Babbage Anthony Hyman
    7. Charles Darwin Peter Bowler
    8. Stokes and Kelvin David Wilson
    9. James Clerk Maxwell Simon Schaffer
    10. Russell and Whitehead Ivor Grattan-Guinness
    11. Thomson and Rutherford Brian Pippard
    12. Gowland Hopkins Harmke Kamminga
    13. Sherrington and Adrian Tilli Tansey
    14. Hardy and Littlewood Robin Wilson
    15. Arthur Eddington Malcolm Longair
    16. Paul Dirac Helge Kragh
    17. Alan Turing Andrew Hodges
    18. Crick and Watson Robert Olby
    19. Mary Cartwright Tom Körner
    20. Joseph Needham Gregory Blue
    21. Molecular biology Max Perutz
    22. Radioastronomy Antony Hewish
    23. Stephen Hawking Simon Mitton.

  • Editors

    Peter Harman, Lancaster University
    Peter Harman is Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University. At Cambridge he lectured in the history of science and was a Research Fellow of Clare Hall. He has written several books published by Cambridge University Press.

    Simon Mitton
    Simon Mitton studied physics at the University of Oxford, following which he did a PhD in radio astronomy at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is the Senior Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge. This is his tenth book.

    Contributors

    Alec Broers, Peter Harman, Stephen Pumfrey, Andrew Cunningham, Rupert Hall, Richard Yeo, David Oldroyd, Anthony Hyman, Peter Bowler, David Wilson, Simon Schaffer, Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Brian Pippard, Harmke Kamminga, Tilli Tansey, Robin Wilson, Malcolm Longair, Helge Kragh, Andrew Hodges, Robert Olby, Tom Körner, Gregory Blue, Max Perutz , Antony Hewish, Simon Mitton

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