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Humphry Davy : science & power

Author: David M Knight
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, USA : Blackwell, 1992.
Series: Blackwell science biographies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this illuminating and entertaining biography David Knight makes use of Humphry Davy's poetry, notebooks and informal writings to introduce us to one of the first professional scientists."--BOOK JACKET. "Davy is best remembered for his work on laughing gas, for the arc lamp, for isolating sodium and potassium, for his theory that chemical affinity is electrical and, of course, for his safety lamp. His lectures on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Humphry Davy, Sir; Humphry Davy, Sir; Humphry Davy; Humphry Davy; Humphry Davy; Humphry Davy, Sir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David M Knight
ISBN: 0631168168 9780631168164
OCLC Number: 25630004
Description: xiii, 218 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Beginning: the Meaning of Life --
2. Growing Up --
3. Clifton --
4. The Bright Day --
5. Electric Affinity --
6. Forces, Powers and Chemistry --
7. A Chemical Honeymoon, in France --
8. The Safety Lamp --
9. A Son in Science: Davy and Faraday --
10. President --
11. Salmonia --
12. Consolations.
Series Title: Blackwell science biographies.
Responsibility: David Knight.

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"In this illuminating and entertaining biography David Knight makes use of Humphry Davy's poetry, notebooks and informal writings to introduce us to one of the first professional scientists."--BOOK JACKET. "Davy is best remembered for his work on laughing gas, for the arc lamp, for isolating sodium and potassium, for his theory that chemical affinity is electrical and, of course, for his safety lamp. His lectures on science made the fortunes of the Royal Institution in London and he taught chemistry to the young Faraday. However, as well as making a career in science he is recognized for his poetry and was the friend of Coleridge, Wordsworth and Byron."--BOOK JACKET. "By investigating Humphry Davy's life David Knight shows what it was like to be a creative scientist in Regency Britain, demonstrating the development of science and its institutions during this crucial period in history."--BOOK JACKET.

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