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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Humphry Davy

Memoirs of the Life of Sir Humphry Davy
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108038522

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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. His apprenticeship to an apothecary in 1795 led to 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. This two-volume memoir was published by his brother, Dr John Davy, in 1836, in response to Paris' biography of 1831, authorised by Lady Davy (also reissued in this series). John Davy had additional papers in his possession, and felt that Paris had failed to convey Sir Humphry's character as a man and philosopher. The work quotes extensively from Davy's own papers, including letters and poetry, and finishes with tributes to him by friends and colleagues.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108038522
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 58 mm
    • weight: 1.28kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Sir Humphry Davy's parentage
    2. Advantages of his situation at Clifton
    3. His reception as a lecturer at the Royal Institution
    4. Laboratory of the Royal Institution
    5. Sketch of his scientific pursuits between 1800 and 1807
    6. Sketch of his scientific pursuits continued
    7. His electro-chemical discoveries
    8. Idea of resuming the medical profession
    9. Notices of his first continental tour. Volume 2:
    1. Researches on fire-damp
    2. Further chemical researches
    3. His second journey on the continent
    4. Letters to his brother
    5. Researches on the corrosion of the copper sheathing of ships, and on its prevention
    6. His occupations at Ravenna
    7. Revisits the continent
    8. His posthumous work, Consolations in Travel, or Last Days of a Philosopher

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    John Davy

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