A History of the Royal Society, with Memoirs of the Presidents Volume 2

A History of the Royal Society, with Memoirs of the Presidents Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...evenings, at the Meetings of the Royal, the Geological, and other Societies, in whose proceedings he always took a keen interest. Occasional excursions into the country, appear to have been his only recreation. These afforded him an opportunity of prosecuting geology, which was a favourite study; and, during the last twelve years of his life, enabled him to gratify the love for angling, with which Sir H. Davy had inspired him." Towards 35 Manual Q/'C/centse1m'str_1/, 3rd edition, Vol. I. Introd. p. 152. 3 Sir H. Davy thus alludes to Wollaston as an angler: " Them was--alasl that I must say there was--an illustrious philosopher who was nearly of the age of fifty before he made angling a pursuit, yet he became a distinguished fly-fisher, and the amusement occupied many of his leisure hours during the last twelve years of his life. He, indeed, applied his pre-eminent acuteness, his science, and the latter part of 1828, he became dangerously ill with a disease of the brain. Feeling his end approaching, and being personally unable to write accounts of such of his discoveries and inventions, as he was reluctant should perish with him, he employed an amanuensis, and in this manner communicated some of his most valuable papers to the Royal Society. On the 26th November, 1828, he informed the Council of the Royal Society, that he had that day invested two thousand pounds in the Funds, in the name of the Society, for the purpose of applying the interest arising therefrom, to the promotion of science." In December, his illness increased rapidly, accompanied by severe suffering; but it is an interesting fact, that in spite of the extensive cerebral disease under which he laboured, his faculties were unclouded to the end. Wheshow more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910796
  • 9781236910790