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Thomas Young : Natural Philosopher 1773-1829 - Alexander Wood

Thomas Young

Natural Philosopher 1773-1829

By: Alexander Wood, Frank Oldham (Contribution by), Charles E. Raven (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 18th November 2011
ISBN: 9780521263764
Number Of Pages: 382

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Originally published in 1954, this biography was the result of many years' labour by its author, Alexander Wood. At the time of Dr Wood's death, he had completed the first ten chapters and left notes for the remaining two, which were finished by Frank Oldham. The volume traces the life of the famous English natural philosopher Thomas Young (1773 1829) from his precocious childhood through his later career as a physician and his accomplishments in the study of optics and languages. As Mr Oldham notes in the preface, 'Young forms a fascinating subject in the field of biography, not only from his amazing scientific record and his wide classical learning combined with his remarkable depth of knowledge in philosophy, but also as a humanist working disinterestedly in the cause of truth.' The book is richly illustrated and contains a memoir of the late author by his acquaintance Professor Charles E. Raven."

List of plates
List of illustrations in the text
Alex Wood - a memoir Charles E. Raven
Preface
Acknowledgements
Early years, 1733-92
Medical study in London and Edinburgh, 1792-4
Medical study in Göttingen and Cambridge, 1795-9
Physician and medical author
The human eye
Professor at the Royal Institution
The wave theory of light is founded
Theory of light
The Rosetta Stone
Rival claims of Young and Champollion
The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1917-25)
Herculaneum and languages
Standards of length, Young and the Admiralty, life assurance
Nautical almanac and board of longitude
Events in later life
Appendix
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521263764
ISBN-10: 052126376X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 18th November 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.49

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