Destined for Distinguished Oblivion

Destined for Distinguished Oblivion : The Scientific Vision of William Charles Wells (1757-1817)

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William Charles Wells (1757-1817) was one of the foremost, and forgotten, American scientists of the eighteenth century. He should be acknowledged as laying the foundations for modern studies of vestibular function as well as eye movements. This book reprints his Essay on single vision with two eyes (1792) and his own Memoir of his life (1818). Wells' essay on natural selection is reprinted as an Appendix. Wells' experiments and observations on natural phenomena will surprise students of science because of their modernity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 20.32mm | 1,850g
  • Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 2003.
  • XI, 310 p.
  • 0306473852
  • 9780306473852
  • 2,244,355

Table of contents

1: The Scientific Life of Wells.
2: Visual Science in the Eighteenth Century.
3: An Essay Upon Single Vision with Two Eyes.
4: Wells and Visual Science.
5: Wells and the Origins of Vestibular Research.
6: The Scientific Vision of Wells.
7: Scientific Vision after Wells.
8: Distinguished Oblivion.
Appendix: Account of a female of the white race of mankind, part of whose skin resembles that of a Negro, &c. (1813/1818).
Name Index. Subject Index.
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Review quote

"Wade's extensive knowledge [...] allows him to do a skillful job relating Well's contributions to earlier and later developments[...] The volume will interest serious scholars of visual perception and those interested in the history of this science[...] Highly recommended."
(Choice, 41:4 (December 2003)
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