The Chemical History of a Candle: With an Introduction by Frank A.J.L. James

Hardcover | October 11, 2011

byMichael Faraday, Frank A.J.L. James

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Michael Faraday's celebrated series of lectures,The Chemical History of a Candle, turned into one of the most successful science books ever published and was a classic work of Victorian popular science. They also reflect how Faraday, the bookbinder's apprentice turned scientist, was aremarkable communicator of science.First published in 1861 they have remained continuously in print ever since. Covering a wide range of basic scientific knowledge, much of which still has relevance today, The Chemical History of a Candle draws out the science behind the candle flame; a familiar yet complex example of combustion, anda source of fascination as much today as it was then.Timed to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication, Frank James presents a new edition of the lectures, which, for the first time, includes a facsimile of Faraday's original handwritten lecture notes, never before published. Including an introduction from Frank James this new editionprovides the historical context and background to his lectures, and to Faraday himself.

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Michael Faraday's celebrated series of lectures,The Chemical History of a Candle, turned into one of the most successful science books ever published and was a classic work of Victorian popular science. They also reflect how Faraday, the bookbinder's apprentice turned scientist, was aremarkable communicator of science.First published i...

Frank A.J.L. James is Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution and regarded as one of the leading Faraday scholars in the world. He studied history of science at Imperial College where he received his PhD on the development of spectroscopy in the nineteenth century. His main research is editing the Correspondence of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694915

ISBN - 13:9780199694914

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David Phillips: ForewordAcknowledgementsFrank A.J.L James: IntroductionNote on the Published TextThe TextNote on the FacsimileThe Facsimile