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Sir Humphry Davy (1778–1829) was a hugely influential chemist, inventor, and public lecturer who is recognised as one of the first professional scientists. He was apprenticed to an apothecary in 1795, which formed his introduction to chemical experiments. A chance meeting with Davis Giddy in 1798 introduced Davy into the wider scientific community, and in 1800 he was invited to a post at the Royal Institution, where he lectured to great acclaim. These volumes, first published in 1831, contain Davy's official biography. Researched and written by John Ayrton Paris, the work describes in detail Davy's life and his scientific studies. Organised chronologically with excerpts from his private correspondence, Davy's early life and his experiments and lectures at the Royal Institution and his Presidency of the Royal Society between 1820 and 1827 are explored in vivid detail, and his legacy is assessed.
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108073202
- length: 915 pages
- dimensions: 325 x 250 x 70 mm
- weight: 1.5kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface
1. Birth and family of Sir H. Davy
2. Cursory thoughts on the advantage of biography
3. Count Rumford negotiates with Mr. Underwood on the subject of Davy's appointment to the Royal Institution
4. Davy makes a tour with Mr. Purkis through Wales
5. Sir Thomas Bernard allots Davy a piece of ground for agricultural experiments
6. The history of galvanism divided into six grand epochs
7. The unfair rivalry of philosophers
8. Davy's Bakerian Lecture of 1808
9. Davy's 'Elements of Chemical Philosophy' examined. Volume 2:
10. Mr. Faraday's introduction to Sir H. Davy
11. Collieries of the north of England
12. Sir Humphry Davy suggests a chemical method for unrolling the ancient papyri
13. The liquefaction of chlorine gas first effected by Mr. Faraday, and witnessed by the author
14. The failure of the ship protectors a source of great vexation to Davy
15. Sir H. Davy's paper on the phenomena of volcanoes
A general review of the history of chemical science, and of the revolutions produced in its doctrines by the discoveries of Sir Humphry Davy
Appendix – Will of Sir Humphry Davy.
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