Where There's a Will, There's a Way!

Where There's a Will, There's a Way! : Or, Science in the Cottage; An Account of the Labours of Naturalists in Humble Life

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During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries many scientists, naturalists, engineers and inventors from humble backgrounds, largely self-taught, made significant contributions to British science. This 1873 book by James Cash (1839-1909) celebrates their achievements in natural history, while promoting a 'self-help' ideology, stressing how disadvantages could be overcome by those with ability and determination. Many of his subjects corresponded with great names such as William Jackson Hooker, and sent specimens or local information which helped build up the larger picture. Cash gives particular attention to men from the north of England, where many men engaged in the cloth trade were also notable plant collectors. His subjects include George Caley, a weaver self-taught in Latin and French, and whom Sir Joseph Banks employed to go to New South Wales as a collector; Edward Hobson, a factory worker; and John Horsefield, a self-taught weaver who memorised the Linnaean orders at his loom.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139103695
  • 9781139103695

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Early English botanists; 2. Botany in Lancashire; 3. John Dewhurst: political troubles; 4. George Caley; 5. Edward Hobson, of Manchester; 6. The Banksian Society of Manchester: Hobson's last days; 7. John Horsefield, of Prestwich; 8. James Crowther, of Manchester; 9. John Mellor, of Royton; 10. Richard Buxton, of Manchester; 11. John Martin, of Tyldesley; 12. George Crozier and Thomas Townley, of Manchester; 13. The less-known naturalists of Lancashire; 14. Two Lancashire botanists not in humble life: John Just and William Wilson; 15. Samuel Gibson, of Hebden Bridge; 16. Elias Hall, of Castleton; 17. Two Scottish naturalists in humble life: the 'Mad Baker' of Thurso, Thomas Edward of Banff; 18. Mathematicians in humble life.show more