Speculative Truth: Henry Cavendish, Natural Philosophy, and the Rise of Modern Theoretical Science

Hardcover | March 24, 2004

byRussell McCormmach

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With a never-before published paper by Lord Henry Cavendish, as well as a biography on him, this book offers a fascinating discourse on the rise of scientific attitudes and ways of knowing. A pioneering British physicist in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Cavendish was widelyconsidered to be the first full-time scientist in the modern sense. Through the lens of this unique thinker and writer, this book is about the birth of modern science.

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With a never-before published paper by Lord Henry Cavendish, as well as a biography on him, this book offers a fascinating discourse on the rise of scientific attitudes and ways of knowing. A pioneering British physicist in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Cavendish was widelyconsidered to be the first full-time scientist in t...

Russell McCormmach is at University of Oregon (Emeritus).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.42 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:March 24, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195160045

ISBN - 13:9780195160048

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPreface and AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One. Natural Philosophy1. Natural Philosophers2. Philosophies3. TheoriesPart Two. A Great Question4. Historical Setting of Heat and Mechanics5. Henry Cavendish's Researches6. The Mechanical Theory of Heat7. The QuestionAppendix. Henry Cavendish's Manuscript on the Mechanical Theory of HeatEditorial NotePreliminary Sketch of the ManuscriptFoul Copy of the ManuscriptFair Copy of the ManuscriptBibliographyEndnotes for Preface, Introduction, and Part OneEndnotes for Part TwoEndnotes for Appendix TextEndnotes for Appendix Document "Heat"Index

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"The hundreds of references in the notes and the extensive bibliography are a researcher's paradise...highly recommended." --Choice