Research Article | Published:

Faraday and his Contemporaries

Nature volume 128, pages 333336 (29 August 1931) | Download Citation



IN the introduction to his “Dissertation on the Progress of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences from 1775 to 1850”, written during 1852–1854, and published in the eighth edition of the “Encyclopædia Britannica”, J. D. Forbes mentioned as amongst the most eminent workers in physical science during the first quarter of the nineteenth century Young, Malus, Brewster, Fresnel, Arago, Volta, Dalton, Davy, Ørated, Prevost, Leslie, and Fourier, while among those whose labours belonged to the second quarter of the century he included Faraday, Melloni, Gauss, Sir John Herschel, Poisson, Mitscherlich, Liebig, and Dumas. These were to Forbes some of the outstanding physicists and chemists of his own time, and in the course of his dissertation he reviewed the work of each and gave an estimate of the worth of their achievements.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

About this article

Publication history




  1. Search for EDGAR C. SMITH in:


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.