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Famous American Men of Science

Nature volume 140, pages 439441 (11 September 1937) | Download Citation



SINCE the publication of Prof. Hessen's challenging discussion on the social background of Newtonian mechanics at the International Congress of 1931, there have been welcome indications of a new attitude which may do much to rescue the history of science from the disfavour or indifference of the majority of scientific workers. Prof. Wolf's book has made the famous woodcuts of Agricola's treatises on sixteenth century mining technology accessible to a wide circle of readers. The issue of Hooke's diaries and the reprint of the "Heads of Enquiries" have shed a new light on the early days of the Royal Society. Mr. Dickinson's admirable biography of Matthew Boulton has disclosed a mine of information about the scientific renaissance which accompanied the Industrial Revolution. Not least important of recent literature with this new orientation was J. G. Crowther's "British Scientists of the Nineteenth Century".

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