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Humphry Davy : science & power

Author: David M Knight
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Cambridge science biographies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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David Knight draws upon Humphry Davy's poetry, notebooks, and informal writings to introduce us to one of the first professional scientists. 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Humphry Davy, Sir; Humphry Davy, Sir
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M Knight
ISBN: 0521563097 9780521563093 0521565391 9780521565394
OCLC Number: 39192842
Notes: Originally published: Oxford, UK : Cambridge, USA : Blackwell, 1992.
Description: xiv, 218 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements; General Editor's Preface; Introduction; 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; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge science biographies series.
Responsibility: David Knight.

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An entertaining, accessible biography of Humphry Davy, professional scientist, inventor, and poet.  Read more...

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