Cavendish: The Experimental Life

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"The Cavendishes flourished during the high tide of British aristocracy following the revolution of 1688-89, and the case can be made that this aristocracy knew its finest hour when Henry Cavendish gently laid his delicate weights in the pan of his incomparable precision balance. For this it took two generations and two kinds of invention, one in social forms and the other in scientific technique. This biography tells how it came to pass."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

The Problem of Cavendish
1
1 The Dukes
19
Kent
21
Devonshire
24
Politics
35
House of Commons
42
Gentleman of the Bedchamber
48
Science De Moivre Circle
51
Bedford Square
314
Library
319
Clapham Common
324
Land Developer
331
Politics
335
Nation
352
Air and Water
355
Water
362

Royal Society
57
Family and Friends
63
Family of the Greys
70
Great Marlborough Street
71
Friends and Colleagues
76
Sorrows and Riches
86
Public Activities
97
Scientific Administration
110
Science
118
Education of Henry Cavendish
131
Peterhouse Cambridge
134
Learning Science
141
Giardini Academy
160
Science
165
Introduction to Scientific Society
166
Science at the Royal Society
169
Early Researches
191
Arsenic
195
Factitious Air
202
Workplace
210
Tools of Science
219
Mathematics
224
Theory
228
Electricity
237
Conduction
244
The Work
249
Learned Organizations
253
British Museum
266
Society of Antiquaries
268
Man of Property
273
Landlord
276
Death of Lord Charles Cavendish
284
1 Person
291
Monday Club
298
Man without Affections
303
Places
311
Nitrous Acid
366
Atmosphere
368
New Chemistry
370
Water Controversy
377
Keeping Up with Chemistry
380
Exactitiude
382
Mercury
393
Heat
400
The Natural Philosopher
418
Earth
425
Entire GLobe
436
Weighing the World
440
The Cavendish Experiment
451
Last Years
461
The Duchess and the Philosoher
467
Published Work
470
Coinage of the Realm
474
Royal Institution
479
Institute of France
485
Daily Life
486
Wealth
488
The ENd
493
Cavendish
509
Introduction
517
Editorial Note
521
List of Letters
523
Letters
529
Permissions
733
Cavendish
736
Grey
737
Henry Cavendishs Chronology and Publications
739
Officers of the Royal Society
743
List of Abbreviations
745
Bibliography
747
Index
791
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About the author (1999)

Russell McCormmach is Professor of the History of Sience at The Johns Hopkins Univeristy.

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