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History of the Royal Society

History of the Royal Society
From its Institution to the End of the Eighteenth Century

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108028158

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  • The Royal Society has been dedicated to scientific inquiry since the seventeenth century. In 1811, Thomas Thomson (1773–1852), a pioneering chemistry teacher who was elected a fellow of the society in the same year, undertook the project of writing a history of the organisation's illustrious past. In this book, published in 1812, Thomson explains how the group began in 1645, initiated by men who met once a week to discuss natural philosophy and mathematics. They were eventually granted a royal charter by Charles II in 1662. The society grew in number and prestige, and began publishing research in its Philosophical Transactions in 1665. Thomson's work focuses particularly on the development of the group's many scientific areas of interest and summarises various papers it published. He also includes a full list of the fellowship, from the society's foundation to 1812, and a copy of the society's original charter.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108028158
    • length: 658 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Historical introduction
    Book I. Natural History:
    1. Of botany
    2. Of zoology
    3. Of mineralogy
    4. Of geography and topography
    Book II. Of Mathematics
    Book III. Of Mechanical Philosophy:
    1. Of astronomy
    2. Of optics
    3. Of dynamics
    4. Of mechanics
    5. Of hydrodynamics
    6. Of acoustics
    7. Of navigation
    8. Of electricity
    9. Of magnetism
    Book IV. Of Chemistry:
    1. Of chemistry
    2. Of meteorology
    3. Of chemical arts and manufactures
    Book V. Miscellaneous Articles:
    1. Of weights and measures
    2. Of political arithmetic
    3. Of antiquities
    4. Miscellaneous articles
    Appendix:
    1. Charter of the Royal Society
    2. Patent, granting Chelsea to the Royal Society
    3. Minutes of the Royal Society respecting Newton
    4. List of the Fellows of the Royal Society
    5. The Patrons
    and alphabetical list of the Fellows of the Royal Society
    Index.

  • Author

    Thomas Thomson

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