A History of the Royal Society: With Memoirs of the Presidents

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Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2011 - History - 628 pages
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The Royal Society has been dedicated to scientific inquiry since the seventeenth century and has seen a long line of illustrious scientists and thinkers among its fellowship. The society's Assistant Secretary and Librarian, Charles Richard Weld (1813-1869), spent four years writing this two-volume History of the Royal Society, published in 1848, which also includes illustrations by his wife, Anne. Weld's aim was to document the 'rise, progress, and constitution' of the society. He charts how the informal meetings of like-minded men engaged in scientific pursuits in the mid-1600s developed into a prestigious society that by 1830 counted as one of the world's most influential scientific institutions. Volume 2 describes the governance, funding and organisation of the society from the 1770s to 1830, as well as key scientific concerns. It also contains biographies of notable presidents including James Burrow, Humphry Davy and Joseph Banks.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER II
23
CHAPTER III
45
Revision of StatutesInstitution of the Bakerian LectureCommunications
85
CHAPTER V
119
CHAPTER VI
151
CHAPTER VII
186
CHAPTER IX
274
CHAPTER X
318
CHAPTER XII
392
CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME
419
CHAPTER XIV
461
Appendix Page
479
ILLUSTRATIONS
537
MeetingRoom of Royal Society in Somerset House To face Title
576
Royal Medal 412
587
Mace 582
597

The Society receive a Letter from the Treasury respecting Mr Babbages
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