IN these days, when, by the loom of science, strange and terrible patterns have been woven on our national life, and novel and improved designs are demanded on every side, it is refreshing to turn again to the history of one of the greatest pioneers in scientific discovery and renew our spiritual friendship with that “Just and Faithful Knight of God,” Michael Faraday. The author of this little volume has done his work well, and given us a realistic picture both of the scientific enthusiast and of the humble and devout Christian. “Not half his greatness was incorporate in his science, for science could not reveal the bravery and delicacy of his heart.” We could wish this book to be read by our legislators, by our manu facturers, and even by our educational authorities, in order to impress upon them “that research must be free to be powerful and that there is little to be gained from a servile science.” Gradually but surely the ideas of Faraday have permeated physical science, and at no time since their publication have they met with such general acceptance as they do to-day. “It may fairly be claimed that modern English physics is the school of Faraday, applying his methods, led by his vision, inspired by his faith.”
The Life and Discoveries of Michael Faraday.
By. ("Pioneers of Progress," Men of Science Series.) Pp. 72 + portrait. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1918.) Price 2s. net.