The Philosophical Breakfast Club

Author: Laura J. Snyder

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307716171

Category: Science

Page: 448

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“[A] fascinating book...about the way four geniuses at Cambridge University revolutionized modern science.“ —Newsweek The Philosophical Breakfast Club recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones. Recognizing that they shared a love of science (as well as good food and drink) they began to meet on Sunday mornings to talk about the state of science in Britain and the world at large. Inspired by the great 17th century scientific reformer and political figure Francis Bacon—another former student of Cambridge—the Philosophical Breakfast Club plotted to bring about a new scientific revolution. And to a remarkable extent, they succeeded, even in ways they never intended. Historian of science and philosopher Laura J. Snyder exposes the political passions, religious impulses, friendships, rivalries, and love of knowledge—and power—that drove these extraordinary men. Whewell (who not only invented the word “scientist,” but also founded the fields of crystallography, mathematical economics, and the science of tides), Babbage (a mathematical genius who invented the modern computer), Herschel (who mapped the skies of the Southern Hemisphere and contributed to the invention of photography), and Jones (a curate who shaped the science of economics) were at the vanguard of the modernization of science. This absorbing narrative of people, science and ideas chronicles the intellectual revolution inaugurated by these men, one that continues to mold our understanding of the world around us and of our place within it. Drawing upon the voluminous correspondence between the four men over the fifty years of their work, Laura J. Snyder shows how friendship worked to spur the men on to greater accomplishments, and how it enabled them to transform science and help create the modern world. "The lives and works of these men come across as fit for Masterpiece Theatre.” —Wall Street Journal "Snyder succeeds famously in evoking the excitement, variety and wide-open sense of possibility of the scientific life in 19th-century Britain...splendidly evoked in this engaging book.” —American Scientist "This fine book is as wide-ranging and anecdotal, as excited and exciting, as those long-ago Sunday morning conversations at Cambridge. The Philosophical Breakfast Club forms a natural successor to Jenny Uglow’s The Lunar Men...and Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder.” —Washington Post

Eye of the Beholder

Author: Laura J. Snyder

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393352887

Category: Art

Page: 448

View: 2310

The remarkable story of how an artist and a scientist in seventeenth-century Holland transformed the way we see the world.

Fair Economics

Author: Irene H. Schoene

Publisher: Green Books


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 488

View: 7313

Irene Schoene puts forward an alternative economics that is not only relevant to our modern world of technology and industry, but which also shows an awareness of environmental considerations.

The Philosophy of Roderick M. Chisholm

Author: Roderick M. Chisholm

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company


Category: Philosophy

Page: 768

View: 8717

Places him in the field and criticizes and describes his work in 30 essays with Chisholm's replies. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Anti-Globalization Breakfast Club

Author: Laurence J. Brahm

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 1749

Global meltdown : the Washington consensus goes bust -- What's wrong with the Washington consensus? : it forces alien, irrelevant models on developing societies -- The world needs an alternative : confessions of a former commercial lawyer -- Grassroots approaches that solve real problems : founding an NGO in the Himalayas -- The anti-globalization breakfast club : emergence of a global justice movement -- Time to revamp the WTO : joining the anti-globalisation breakfast club -- Redefining contemporary development : trash the ideology and use what works -- The environmental priority : we are ruining the earth faster than the global economy is growing -- The micro-credit revolution works : small finance is beautiful and can improve lives -- Begin by reshaping values : the "gross national happiness" alternative -- Empowering the marginalized : to stop terrorism, focus on its roots -- "High time to shut up" : moving towards multilateralism -- The revolt against cyclical poverty : Nepalese Maoists come in from the cold -- Starting from the villages : in Sri Lanka's countryside, a middle road -- The Buddhist revolution : why compassion should be combined with capitalism -- Enter the Himalayan consensus : manifesto for a peaceful revolution

The Philosophical I

Author: George Yancy

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 356

View: 4759

Philosophy is shaped by life and life is shaped by philosophy. This is reflected in The Philosophical I, a collection of 16 autobiographical essays by prominent philosophers. Candid and philosophically insightful, these personal narratives critically call into question the belief that philosophy should be kept separate from the personal experience of philosophers. Each contributor traces the fundamental influences-both philosophical and otherwise-that have shaped his or her identity. In this postmodern world, the self is often viewed as irreparably fragmented and fractured, but the reflections in this volume point to a self that is a continuous, though dynamic, storyline. What shines through in each of these essays is that philosophy is a profoundly personal adventure.

Who's who in Canada

Author: Charles Whately Parker,Barnet M. Greene

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bahamas

Page: 844

View: 6812