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Michael Faraday: An Electric Personality
A major figure in nineteenth-century science, Michael Faraday (1791–1867) made immense contributions to the study of electricity and magnetism, discovering the laws of electromagnetic induction and electrolysis. His experiments are the foundation of subsequent electromagnetic technology. He also had a sense of humor. When the Prime Minister of England William Gladstone asked Faraday what the usefulness of electricity would be, Faraday famously replied, "Why, Sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it!" In addition to being a great experimenter, Faraday had the gift of exposition for a popular audience, as seen in the books which Dover has reprinted, The Forces of Matter (2010), Experimental Researches in Electricity (2004), and perhaps his most famous single book for the general reader, The Chemical History of a Candle (2003).
It is reliably reported that Einstein had a photograph of Faraday on the wall of his study alongside portraits of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell.
In the Author's Own Words:
"The world little knows how many of the thoughts and theories which have passed through the mind of a scientific investigator have been crushed in silence and secrecy by his own severe criticism and adverse examination: that in the most successful instances not a tenth of the suggestions, the hopes, the wishes, the preliminary conclusions have been realized." — Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday was one of the most brilliant scientists in history, yet was largely self-taught.
To say that I look upon the summer spent reading these books fondly would be the understatement of a lifetime--I wish I could go back and learn it all again!
It's exactly the type of book that will stir real interest in the subject, in young and old alike.
This is a wonderful book for all ages. Love the nature of this book and very well-written by one of the greatest scientists in the history. Highly recommended!Published 2 months ago by Noboru Yonemitsu
Just so people have it, here's the link to the book where the pdf version (I looked at that one) has the entire book and the illustrations with it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David S. Mazel
I can see why this particular series of lectures has been imortalised into book form. The principles of candle combustion are explained so beautifully that the slightly archaic... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Bean
Conferences for the young dictated in 1860, Christmas Season. A work of magnificence in the art of communicating scientific concepts in a clear and engaging way. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Part of the Christmas Lectures series for young people and presented to the Royal Society in 1848, this work illustrates the depth of creativity and curiosity of "the best... Read morePublished 19 months ago by HKS
Although over 150 years old and clearly somewhat dated, it is still a classic example of how to explain basic science to the general public. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joe Scientist
"The Chemical History of a Candle" is fascinating and surprisingly informative for a science book published over 160 years ago, but honestly sound physics remains "true" regardless... Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by C. Hill