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Michell, John 1724?-1793

Works: 23 works in 190 publications in 4 languages and 1,899 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by John Michell
Proposal of a method for measuring degrees of longitude upon parallels of the æquator by John Michell( )

25 editions published between 1766 and 2005 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An inquiry into the probable parallax, and magnitude of the fixed stars : from the quantity of light which they afford us, and the particular circumstances of their situation by John Michell( Book )

6 editions published between 1768 and 1970 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weighing the world : the Reverend John Michell of Thornhill by Russell McCormmach( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book about John Michell (1724-93) has two parts. The first and longest part is biographical, an account of Michells home setting (Nottinghamshire in England), the clerical world in which he grew up (Church of England), the university (Cambridge) where he studied and taught, and the scientific activities he made the center of his life. The second part is a complete edition of his known letters. Half of his letters have not been previously published; the other half are brought together in one place for the first time. The letters touch on all aspects of his career, and because they are in his words, they help bring the subject to life. His publications were not many, a slim book on magnets and magnetism, one paper on geology, two papers on astronomy, and a few brief papers on other topics, but they were enough to leave a mark on several sciences. He has been called a geologist, an astronomer, and a physicist, which he was, though we best remember him as a natural philosopher, as one who investigated physical nature broadly. His scientific contribution is not easy to summarize. Arguably he had the broadest competence of any British natural philosopher of the eighteenth century: equally skilled in experiment and observation, mathematical theory, and instruments, his field of inquiry was the universe. From the structure of the heavens through the structure of the Earth to the forces of the elementary particles of matter, he carried out original and far-reaching researches on the workings of nature
A treatise of artificial magnets : in which is shewn an easy and expeditious method of making them, superior to the best natural ones by John Michell( )

2 editions published between 1751 and 2005 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A recommendation of Hadley's quadrant for surveying : especially the surveying of harbours : together with a particular application of it in some cases of pilotage by John Michell( Book )

2 editions published in 1765 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoir of John Michell by Archibald Geikie( Book )

3 editions published in 1918 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Specimen medicum inaugurale de intestinis crassis by Joannes Michell( )

1 edition published in 1759 in Latin and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conjectures concerning the cause, and observations upon the phaenomena, of earthquakes by John Michell( Book )

2 editions published between 1760 and 1818 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Weighing the world : the Reverend John Michell of Thornhill
Alternative Names
John Michell

John Michell anglický filosof

John Michell astronomo, geologo e fisico inglese

John Michell britisk geolog og astronom

John Michell brittisk geolog och astronom

John Michell englischer Naturphilosoph und Geologe

John Michell English philosopher

John Michell wetenschapper

Michell, J. 1724?-1793

Michell, J. (John), 1724?-1793

Michell, John 1724?-1793

Джон Мичъл

Мичелл, Джон

جان میشل ستاره‌شناس و زمین‌شناس بریتانیایی

جان میچل

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English (164)

French (22)

Latin (2)

German (1)