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In this illuminating and entertaining biography David Knight draws upon Humphry Davy's poetry, notebooks and informal writings to introduce us to one of the first professional scientists. Davy is best remembered for his work on laughing gas, for the arc lamp, for isolating sodium and potassium, for his theory that chemical affinity is electrical and, of course, for his safety lamp. His lectures on science made the fortunes of the Royal Institution in London, and he taught chemistry to the young Faraday. He is also recognized for his poetry and was the friend of Coleridge, Wordsworth and Byron. By investigating Davy's life Knight shows what it was like to be a creative scientist in Regency England, demonstrating the development of science and its institutions during this crucial period in history.Read more
- Encompasses all of Davy's multifaceted activities; emphasises lectures, popular writings, and poetry as well as prose and research
- Vividly depicts what it was like to be a creative scientist in Regency England
- Covers the relationship between Davy and Faraday
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"In his exploration of Davy's life and times, Knight has vividly depicted what it was like to be a creative scientist in Regency England, and has demonstrated the development of science and its institutions during this crucial historical period." Chemical & Engineering News
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- Date Published: February 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521565394
- length: 236 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.37kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface
1. Beginning: the Meaning of Life
2. Growing up
4. The Bright Day
5. Electric affinity
6. Forces, powers and chemistry
7. A Chemical Honeymoon, in France
8. The Safety Lamp
9. A Son in Science: Davy and Faraday
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