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Speculative truth : Henry Cavendish, natural philosophy, and the rise of modern theoretical science /
Russell McCormmach.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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viii, 258 p.
ISBN
0195160045 (acid-free paper)
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
isbn
0195160045 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
5117515
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Russell McCormmach is Professor Emeritus of History of Science at the University of Oregon
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
In the 1780s, pioneering British physicist Henry Cavendish proposed a mechanical theory of heat based on several key ideas that would take the physics community another 60 years to rediscover and accept through the elimination of the caloric-fluid model. Some suspect that he was the first full-time scientist, being independently wealthy yet living a simple life devoted to science thinking and experiments. In this fascinating glimpse into natural philosophy of the 18th century, 100 years after Newton's Principia, in the decades often considered a "dark age" of physics, we learn that physics was rife with ideas that laid the groundwork for the great physics discoveries of the 19th century. Historian McCormmach (emer., history of science, Univ. of Oregon) first sets the historical and conceptual stages for Cavendish's heat theory, then reveals its key ideas and some of Cavendish's clever arguments and, in the end, provides the whole manuscript as well as its rough drafts for readers' own perusal and judgment. The hundreds of references in the notes and the extensive bibliography are a researcher's paradise. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. F. Potter formerly, University of California, Irvine
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"The hundreds of references in the notes and the extensive bibliography are a researcher's paradise...highly recommended." --Choice
"The hundreds of references in the notes and the extensive bibliographyare a researcher's paradise...highly recommended." --Choice
"The hundreds of references in the notes and the extensive bibliography are a researcher's paradise...highly recommended." -- Choice
List of Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Part One. Natural Philosophy 1. Natural Philosophers 2. Philosophies 3. Theories Part Two. A Great Question 4. Historical Setting of Heat and Mechanics 5. Henry Cavendish's Researches 6. The Mechanical Theory of Heat 7. The Question Appendix. Henry Cavendish's Manuscript on the Mechanical Theory of Heat Editorial Note Preliminary Sketch of the Manuscript Foul Copy of the Manuscript Fair Copy of the Manuscript Bibliography Endnotes for Preface, Introduction, and Part One Endnotes for Part Two Endnotes for Appendix Text Endnotes for Appendix Document "Heat" Index
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With a never-before published paper by Lord Henry Cavendish, as well as a biography on him, this book offers a fascinating discourse on the rise of scientific attitudes and ways of knowing. A pioneering British physicist in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Cavendish was widely considered to be the first full-time scientist in the modern sense. Through the lens of this unique thinker and writer, this book is about the birth of modern science.
Main Description
With a never-before published paper by Lord Henry Cavendish, as well as a biography on him, this book offers a fascinating discourse on the rise of scientific attitudes and ways of knowing. A pioneering British physicist in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Cavendish was widelyconsidered to be the first full-time scientist in the modern sense. Through the lens of this unique thinker and writer, this book is about the birth of modern science.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Natural Philosophy
Natural Philosophersp. 17
Philosophiesp. 23
Theoriesp. 49
A Great Question
Historical Setting of Heat and Mechanicsp. 81
Henry Cavendish's Researchesp. 95
The Mechanical Theory of Heatp. 121
The Questionp. 131
Henry Cavendish's Manuscript on the Mechanical Theory of Heat
Editorial Notep. 151
Preliminary Sketch of the Manuscriptp. 153
Foul Copy of the Manuscriptp. 154
Revised Copy of the Manuscriptp. 176
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 253
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