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Fragments of science, V. 1-2   By: (1820-1893)

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FRAGMENTS OF SCIENCE:

A Series of Detached

ESSAYS, ADDRESSES, AND REVIEWS.

BY

JOHN TYNDALL, F.R.S.

Printed By Spottiswoode AND CO.

NEW STREET SQUARE

PARLIAMENT STREET

SIXTH EDITION,

VOL. 1.

LONDON: LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

1879.

All rights reserved.

PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITION.

VOL. I. INORGANIC NATURE.

I. THE CONSTITUTION OF NATURE.

II. RADIATION.

1. Visible and Invisible Radiation.

2. Origin and Character of Radiation. The Aether.

3. The Atomic Theory in reference to the Aether.

4. Absorption of Radiant Heat by Gases.

5. Formation of Invisible Foci.

6. Visible and Invisible Rays of the Electric Light.

Figure 1 Spectrum of Electric Light.

7. Combustion by Invisible Rays.

8. Transmutation of Rays: Calorescence.

9. Deadness of the Optic Nerve to the Calorific Rays.

10. Persistence of Rays.

11. Absorption of Radiant Heat by Vapours and Odours.

12. Aqueous Vapour in relation to the Terrestrial Temperatures.

13. Liquids and their Vapours in relation to Radiant Heat.

14. Reciprocity of Radiation and Absorption.

15. Influence of Vibrating Period and Molecular Form.

Physical Analysis of the Human Breath.

16. Summary and Conclusion.

III. ON RADIANT HEAT IN RELATION TO THE COLOUR AND CHEMICAL CONSTITUTION OF BODIES.

IV. NEW CHEMICAL REACTIONS PRODUCED BY LIGHT.

1. DECOMPOSITION BY LIGHT.

Physical Considerations.

Production of Sky blue by the Decomposition of Nitrite of Amyl.

2. ON THE BLUE COLOUR OF THE SKY, & THE POLARISATION OF SKYLIGHT.

3. THE SKY OF THE ALPS.

V. ON DUST AND DISEASE.

Experiments on Dusty Air.

The Germ Theory of Contagious Disease.

Parasitic Diseases of Silkworms. Pasteur's Researches.

Origin and Propagation of Contagious Matter.

The Germ Theory applied to Surgery.

The Luminous beam as a means of Research.

The Floating Matter of the Air.

Dr. Bennett's Experiments.

Application of Luminous beams to Water.

Chalk water. Clark's Softening Process.

Cotton wool Respirator.

Fireman's Respirator.

Helmholtz on Hay Fever.

VI. VOYAGE TO ALGERIA TO OBSERVE THE ECLIPSE.

VII. NIAGARA.

VIII THE PARALLEL ROADS OF GLEN ROY.

IX. ALPINE SCULPTURE.

X. RECENT EXPERIMENTS ON FOG SIGNALS.

XI. ON THE STUDY OF PHYSICS.

XII. ON CRYSTALLINE AND SLATY CLEAVAGE.

XIII. ON PARAMAGNETIC AND DIAMAGNETIC FORCES.

XIV. PHYSICAL BASIS OF SOLAR CHEMISTRY.

XV. ELEMENTARY MAGNETISM.

XVI. ON FORCE.

XVII. CONTRIBUTIONS TO MOLECULAR PHYSICS.

XVIII. LIFE, AND LETTERS OF FARADAY.

XIX. THE COPLEY MEDALIST OF 1870.

XX. THE COPLEY MEDALIST OF 1871.

XXI. DEATH BY LIGHTNING.

XXII. SCIENCE AND THE 'SPIRITS'.

VOL. II.

I. REFLECTIONS ON PRAYER AND NATURAL LAW.

II MIRACLES AND SPECIAL PROVIDENCES.

ADDITIONAL REMARKS ON MIRACLES.

III ON PRAYER AS A FORM OF PHYSICAL ENERGY.

IV. VITALITY.

V. MATTER AND FORCE.

VI. SCIENTIFIC MATERIALISM.

VII. AN ADDRESS TO STUDENTS.

VIII. SCIENTIFIC USE OF THE IMAGINATION.

IX. THE BELFAST ADDRESS.

X. APOLOGY FOR THE BELFAST ADDRESS.

XI. THE REV. JAMES MARTINEAU AND THE BELFAST ADDRESS.

XII. FERMENTATION, & ITS BEARINGS ON SURGERY & MEDICINE.

XIII. SPONTANEOUS GENERATION.

XIV. SCIENCE AND MAN.

XV. PROFESSOR VIRCHOW AND EVOLUTION.

XVI. THE ELECTRIC LIGHT.

PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITION.

TO AVOID unwieldiness of bulk this edition of the 'Fragments' is published in two volumes, instead of, as heretofore, in one.

The first volume deals almost exclusively with the laws and phenomena of matter. The second trenches upon questions in which the phenomena of matter interlace more or less with those of mind... Continue reading book >>




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