Archimedes

The Personality of Henry Cavendish - A Great Scientist with Extraordinary Peculiarities

Authors: McCormmach, Russell

  • Introduces the psychology of science and of scientists
  • Brings new information and a new perspective to our understanding of the man
  • Details Henry Cavendish’s life and times and a useful summary of Cavendish’s travels
  • Contains ample relevant illustrations, several interesting appendices and it includes a useful index and bibliography
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About this book

Profiles the eminent 18th century natural philosopher Henry Cavendish, best known for his work in chemistry and physics and one of the most baffling personalities in the history of science. In these chapters we are introduced to the psychology of science and of scientists and we learn about Cavendish’s life and times. His personality is examined from two perspectives: one is that he had a less severe form of autism, as has been claimed; the other is that he was eccentric and a psychological disorder was absent.

Henry Cavendish lived a life of science, possibly more completely than any other figure in the history of science: a wealthy aristocrat, he became a dedicated scientist. This study brings new information and a new perspective to our understanding of the man. The scientific and non-scientific sides of his life are brought closer together, as the author traces topics including his appearance, speech, wealth, religion and death as well as Cavendish’s life of natural philosophy where objectivity and accuracy, writing and recognition all played a part. The author traces aspects of Cavendish’s personality, views and interpretations of him, and explores notions of eccentricity and autism before detailing relevant aspects of the travels made by our subject. The author considers the question “How do we talk about Cavendish?” and provides a useful summary of Cavendish’s travels. This book will appeal to a wide audience, from those interested in 18th century history or history of science, to those interested in incidences of autism in prominent figures from history. This volume contains ample relevant illustrations, several interesting appendices and it includes a useful index and bibliography.

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“This book will be of most interest to scholars and graduate students in the history and philosophy of scientific psychology. … The book’s peculiarity is that one can achieve great scientific accomplishment and have that accomplishment grow–even within an immersion of personality characteristics that would seem to invite the converse.” (Richard W. Bloom, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (8), February, 2015)

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eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02438-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-02437-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 20, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35064-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Personality of Henry Cavendish - A Great Scientist with Extraordinary Peculiarities
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
36
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02438-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02438-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02437-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35064-6
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 310
Number of Illustrations and Tables
78 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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