The Annals of Philosophy Volume 5

The Annals of Philosophy Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...reforms into different departments of government. He received a pension from the King of Bavaria amounting to about yOOZ. a-year, which constituted, 1 believe, almost the whole of his income. I have been told, though I do not believe the statement, that the Elector Palatine had applied to the British Government for a proper person to organize his army, and that Sir Benjamin Thompson was recommended by Ministry for that purpose. Be that as it may, he seems to have enjoyed the full confidence of the Elector Palatine; and he remained in Bavaria till 1799 when he returned to Great Britain; still, however, retaining his Bavarian pension. During this long interval he had distinguished himself by various papers published in the Philosophical Transactions, on the Force of Gunpowder and on Heat, all of them written in the most pleasing and fascinating style, and containing much curious and important information. On his return to London in 1799 he began to make known those speculations which seem to have occupied a good deal of his attention during his residence in Germany. They regarded chiefly improvements in the construction of our fire-places, and in the mode of preparing food for the poor. His alterations in our fire-places constituting a real improvement; and Rumford grates, as they were called (for by this time Sir Benjamin Thompson had been created a Baron of the German Empire), very soon became almost universal in Great Britain. These improvements gave him a degree of popularity very uncommon among literary men in this country; so that for some time Count Rumford constituted the general subject of conversation. 1799 and 1800 were two years of very bad crops, which succeeded one another; the one from too much rain, the other from too long a...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535367
  • 9781236535368