- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198788959
- ISBN-13: 978-0198788959
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.8 x 6 inches
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The Ascent of John Tyndall: Victorian Scientist, Mountaineer, and Public Intellectual
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"Roland Jackson has done a thorough job... it is certainly the best biography of Tyndall." - John Gribbin, LITERARY REVIEW
"Jackson's book arrives just in time to help situate Tyndall's work on heat in the atmosphere-which has recently seen him dubbed an anachronistic "father" of global warming-within the context of a life bursting with science and much else besides . . . Roland Jackson's admirably complete biography is the first serious biography to appear since a patchy production appeared in 1945, soon after [Tyndall's wife] Louisa's death. It's about time." - SCIENCE
"A massive biography of one of the Victorian era's most significant all-around scientists. Science historian Jackson sets himself the monumental task of sorting through the volumes of writing of Irish scientist John Tyndall." - KIRKUS
"Roland Jackson brings a unique set of credentials to his chronicle of Tyndall's life. The author is himself an accomplished mountaineer, who has served as Head of London's Science Museum . . . It was not until 1945, more than half a century after his death, that a semi-authorised biography of Tyndall was published. Now Jackson has authoritatively redressed this injustice." - Geographical
"Splendid monument of a biography." - Barbara Kiser, NATURE
"One of the most important mountaineering biographies to have been published in recent years... Roland Jackson's biography of John Tyndall is not only a tour de force of scholarship, it's also an eminently readable book... It's a magnificent piece of work and a must-read for every scholar of Alpine history." - Alex Roddie, THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Excellent biography... The Ascent of John Tyndall is a long-overdue, magnificent tribute to an important, but largely under-appreciated scientist. Highly recommended." - Richard Carter, FRIENDS OF DARWIN
About the Author
Roland Jackson is a historian of science, with interests also in contemporary science and innovation policy, and in bioethics. His recent posts include: Head of the Science Museum, London; Chief Executive of the British Science Association; and Executive Chair of Sciencewise. He is a General Editor of The Correspondence of John Tyndall, being published in 19 volumes by the Royal Institution.
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