Review of "Some Early Tools of American Science; an account of the early scientific instruments and mineralogical collections in Harvard University" by Bernard Cohen, published by Russell and Russell (New York) in 1950.CITATION: Cohen, I. B.(1950). Some Early Tools of American Science; an account of the early scientific instruments and mineralogical collections in Harvard University. New York: Russell and Russell.Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer.This is certainly an old book, but it is a mine of scholarship about the teachers and teaching at Harvard University in the early nineteenth century. The book is 130 pages long with 71 pages of appendices and including a useful index. The book is well illustrated with black and white photographs, 32 pages of them and this gives an idea of the equipment available for teaching and research in science.There is useful information about many lecturers in science of the period. I was researching the life and work of John White Webster (1793-1850), who was a chemistry lecturer at Harvard. He was indicted for murder and hanged in 1850 after a sensational trial. This carefully researched and well written book was extremely valuable in providing the background about the state of science in Webster's time at Harvard and it also provides more general information about science teaching in nineteenth century American universities.BILL PALMER
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