Faraday as a Discoverer Author:John Tyndall Michael Faraday made enormous contributions to physics and chemistry. "In particular," writes Keith Gordon Irwin in his Introduction, "he had been the pioneer in developing the facts, relations, principles, and laws of the electric current. Upon his findings would be built, in the coming decades, such practical devices as the telegraph, teleph... more »one, motor and generator, and the use of electricity in silver plating. His use of the words electrode, anode, cathoed, and ion would soon be common ones for even the beginning student in electricity."
In this book, John Tyndall, who succeeded Faraday as Superintendent of the Royal Institution in London, gives an image of the great man as a scientific investigator and discoverer. To the foregoing analysis, he adds a few personal reminiscences and remarks, tending, as he says, "to connect Faraday with a wider world than that of science-namely, with the general human heart."
Faraday as a Discoverer was first published in 1868. The work of a graceful writer and a distinguished physicist, of an intimate co-worker and friend, it contains "glimpses of Faraday's character and gleams of his discoveries...which will be of interest to humanity to the end of time."
No change in the original wording has been made in the new edition. But for the readers of today, separated by both time and space from the England of nearly a century ago, Professor Irwin, a scientist and Faraday scholar, has prepared an introduction and some notes. A number of diagrams have also been added to help illuminate the text for the modern reader.« less