The Home Life of Sir David Brewster

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Cambridge University Press, 2010 M06 10 - 460 páginas
The Home Life of Sir David Brewster, originally published in 1869, records the remarkable life of inventor, physicist, mathematician and astronomer, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868). Written by his daughter, Mrs Margaret M. Gordon, the book is aimed at a non-academic audience, and details the extraordinary life and work of this amazing scientist, who began his studies at Edinburgh University at the age of just twelve, and who is best known for his invention of the kaleidoscope and of the apparatus that initially formed the structure of the core of the lighthouse, and thus his work on the polarization of light. Mrs. Gordon cites Brewster's many activities, including the publication of over 2,000 scientific papers, though she stresses that she has written about her father as the man, and not the scientist. The book will appeal to anyone interested in the life and career of this undoubtedly brilliant Scotsman.
 

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CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER II
10
CHAPTER III
19
THE STUDENT
35
SETTLING IN LIFE
53
Hard workEncyclopaediaLetter to VeitchDr ChalmersPoly
75
NOTES OF LIFE FROM 1814 TO 1824
94
CHAPTER VIII
109
CHAPTER XIII
197
CHAPTER XIV
229
Plurality of WorldsCliftonBirminghamProofsheetsFrench
245
CHAPTER XVI
259
DifficultiesSt AndrewsSuccess in EdinburghSuperstition
289
CHAPTER XVIII
310
CHAPTER XIX
328
NOTES OF LIFE FROM 1864 TO 1867
359

NOTES OF LIFE FROM 1824 TO 1830
132
Lord Bacons ProphecyDecline of ScienceBritish Association
141
NOTES OF LIFE FROM 1836 TO 1844
161
North British ReviewPrincipal TullochExeter HallWelling
178
Increase of FaithRecollections of Rev Dr PhinLetter to Pro
391
APPENDIX
417
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