William Whewell, D.D., Master of Trinity College, Cambridge: Volume 1

William Whewell, D.D., Master of Trinity College, Cambridge: Volume 1 : An Account of his Writings; with Selections from his Literary and Scientific Correspondence

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William Whewell (1794-1866) was born the son of a Lancaster carpenter, but his precocious intellect soon delivered him into a different social sphere. Educated at a local grammar school, he won a scholarship to Cambridge, and began his career at Trinity College in 1812; he went on to be elected a fellow of Trinity in 1817 and Master in 1841. An acquaintance of William Wordsworth and a friend of Adam Sedgwick, his professional interests reflected a typically nineteenth-century fusion of religion and science, ethics and empiricism. Published in 1876, and written by the mathematician and fellow of St John's College, Isaac Todhunter (1820-84), this biography combines a narrative account of Whewell's life and achievements with extracts taken from his personal correspondence. Volume 1 covers his sermons and early poetry, as well as his work on tides, moral philosophy and mechanics, and his celebrated study of the inductive sciences.show more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Preface; Alphabetical list of the persons to whom the letters in the second volume are addressed; List of scientific societies with which Dr Whewell was connected; Names mentioned in the letters; 1. 1794-1819; 2. Publications relating to mechanics; 3. 1820-30; 4. 1831-3; 5. Bridgewater Treatise; 6. Researches on the tides; 7. 1834-7; 8. History of the inductive sciences; 9. 1838-40; 10. The philosophy of the inductive sciences; 11. 1841-53; 12. Plurality of worlds; 13. 1854-66; 14. Moral philosophy; 15. English hexameters; 16. Scientific memoirs; 17. Sermons; 18. Notes on books; 19. Poetical pieces; 20. Miscellaneous prose pieces; 21. Conclusion.show more