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The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World

 
 
Author
Laura J. Snyder.
Publisher Broadway  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780767930482
Pages/Publication Date 440/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32592
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An expert on Victorian science and culture and a past president of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, Fulbright scholar Laura Snyder here recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University in the early 19th century. William Whewell coined the word "scientist" and founded the fields of crystallography, mathematical economics, and tidal science; Charles Babbage was a mathematical genius who invented the modern computer; John Herschel discovered Uranus and contributed to the invention of photography; and Richard Jones radically reshaped the science of economics. Sharing a love of science (as well as good food and drink), they began to meet on Sunday mornings to talk about the state of science in Britain and the world at large, and in Snyder's four-figure portrait she reveals their individual genius and their enormous collective influence on the modern world.

"This fine book is as wide-ranging and anecdotal, as excited and exciting, as those long-ago Sunday morning conversations at Cambridge.... The Philosophical Breakfast Club forms a natural successor to Jenny Uglow's The Lunar Men (which focuses on 18th-century chemist Joseph Priestley, inventors James Watt and Josiah Wedgwood, and polymath Erasmus Darwin), and Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder."—Washington Post

 
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