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Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences : Life and Letters of James David Forbes - John Campbell Shairp

Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences

Life and Letters of James David Forbes

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Published: 10th June 2010
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First published in 1873, this co-authored biography of the Scottish physicist, Alpine explorer, and university leader James David Forbes (1809 1868) includes extracts from Forbes' letters. John Campbell Shairp, Forbes' successor as principal of the United College of the University of St Andrews, writes of Forbes' personal, family, and professional life, including his years at St Andrews. Forbes' student and his successor in the Natural Philosophy chair at the University of Edinburgh, Peter Guthrie Tait, himself an accomplished mathematical physicist who co-wrote, with Lord Kelvin, Treatise on Natural Philosophy (1867), discusses Forbes' scientific achievements and contributions. A. Adams-Reilly, a celebrated Irish mountaineer, cartographer, and friend of Forbes, writes of the latter's Alpine travels and his work and interest in glaciers. In Shairp's words, in addition to all of his academic accomplishments, Forbes was also Britain's 'father of Alpine adventure'."

1. Parentage and boyhood; 2. Youthful travels; 3. College course; 4. Choice of a profession, 1930; 5. Professorial life; 6. Professorial life (continued); 7. Married life; 8. Travels, 1826-1839; 9. Alpine travels, 1841-1842; 10. Alpine travels, 1843-1851; 11. Failure of health; 12. Life in St. Andrews; 13. The close; 14. Forbes' scientific work; 15. Forbes' contributions to our knowledge of glaciers; Appendices.

ISBN: 9781108014069
ISBN-10: 1108014062
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.77