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Nature volume 128, page 323 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



WITH the forthcoming celebrations of the centenary of the discovery, on Aug. 29, 1831, by Michael Faraday of electromagnetic induction, the interest of scientific workers and of the general public will turn towards the life-story of this remarkable man. His friend and contemporary, Dr. Bence Jones, published a biography, but the time has now come when we can appreciate better the permanent value of Faraday's life and work. Early this year, Mr. Rollo Appleyard issued a brief ‘life’ and Mr. E. W. Ashcroft has now produced an equally brief survey but of a different type; whereas Mr. Appleyard gave us an intimate view of Faraday, Mr. Ashcroft deals rather with broad aspects of his work and philosophy. He takes successive periods in Faraday's career and endeavours to trace from his writings and from those of his contemporaries, both British and foreign, the growth of his character and work.

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