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Story-lives of Men of Science

Nature volume 101, page 183 (09 May 1918) | Download Citation



THESE attractively written biographies of some seventeen workers in science will interest young readers, and probably indirectly foster a love of natural knowledge among them. Among the heroes of science chosen by the biographer may be mentioned Galileo, Newton, Davy, Faraday, Darwin, Pasteur, Kelvin, Lister, and Crookes. The chapters are full of incident, and deal with the domestic lives as well as with the researches of the great men chosen for inclusion in the volume. Mr. Rowbotham shows a wide acquaintance with the literature of his subject, and possesses a happy style. It. is unfortunate that throughout the chapter on Lord Kelvin “Thompson,” is printed instead of “Thomson,” and that Francis Bacon appears in the table of contents as Lord Bacon, instead of Lord Verulam.

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