New fragments by John Tyndall

New fragments

byJohn Tyndall

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 1888. COUNT RUM FORD.1 ON a bright calm day in the autumn of 1872--that portion of the year called, I believe, in America the Indian summer--I made a pilgrimage to the modest birthplace of Count Rumford. My guide on the occasion was Dr. George Ellis of Boston, and a more competent guide I could not possibly have had. To Dr. Ellis the American Academy of Arts and Sciences had committed the task of writing a life of Rumford, and this labour of love had been accomplished in 1871, a year prior to my visit to the United States. In regard to Rumford's personal life, Dr. Ellis's elaborate volume constitutes, if I may so speak, the quarry out of which the buildingmaterials of these lectures are drawn. The life of such a man, however, cannot be duly taken in without reference to his work, and the publication by the American Academy of Sciences of four large volumes of Rumford's essays renders the task of dealing with his labours lighter than it would have been had his writings been suffered to remain scattered in the magazines, journals, and transactions of learned societies in which they originally appeared. The name of Count Rumford was Benjamin Thompson. For thirty years he was the contemporary of 1 From a short course of lectures delivered in the Royal Institution. another Benjamin, who reached a level of fame as high as his own. Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Thompson were born within twelve miles of each other, and for six of the thirty years just referred to the one lived in England and the other in France. Still, there is nothing to show that they ever saw each other, or were in any way acquainted with each other, or, indeed, felt the least interest in each other. As regards posthumous fame, Rumford has fared worse than Franklin. For ten, or perhaps a hu...

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Title:New fragmentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:146 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.31 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217731759

ISBN - 13:9780217731751

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