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Published: 28 February 2019

400 Pages | 56 black and white images and a 4pp black and white plates section


ISBN: 9780198833376

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The Spirit of Inquiry

How one extraordinary society shaped modern science

Susannah Gibson

  • Celebrates the 200th anniversary of the remarkable Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Brings to life the many remarkable episodes and illustrious figures associated with the Society, including Adam Sedgwick, Mary Somerville, Charles Darwin, and Lawrence Bragg
  • Reflects the shaping of modern science, as well as a changing Cambridge University, against the backdrop of profound social and intellectual transformation, from early Victorian times, through the world wars, to the present
  • Offers background to current debates about the role of science in society

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