The History of a Great Mind
Lynde Phelps Wheeler
"This...biography deserves warm praise, for both the
extent and quality of its new material concerning Gibbs' life
and for its adroit exposition of Gibbs' scientific work...the
reader will find an admirable summary in relatively nontechnical
language of Gibbs' achievements with reference to later developments
in which they played an important part."
Lynde Phelps Wheeler learned his science as a student of Josiah
Willard Gibbs. Many years later he crafted a biography of
his mentor in which he retells the man's life in terms of
his provides an explanation of Gibbs' most significant discoveries
in terms that can be understood by the non-specialsts interested
in the life of a genius.
CONTENTS: Backgrounds Family, Civic and Educational
Tutor at Yale and Student Abroad Return to New
Haven and Appointment at Yale Professor of Mathematical
Physics: Thermodynamics Recognition Professor
of Mathematical Physics: Mathematics and Optics Widening
Contacts Statistical Mechanics and Teaching
The Last Years.
270 + xx pages, 5 x 8.
Reprint of first edition published
Paper $32. ISBN
An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot
Philip Henry Gosse
"...historians of science and many others will delight
in the re-publication of Omphalos."
Over one hundred and fifty years ago, two years before Darwin's
Origin of Species, Philip Henry Gosse, faced with impending
battle between his two passions, Fundamentalist Christianity
and Science, wrote the book Omphalos to resolve the conflict.
He postulated that the Lord had created the world the biblical
five thousand years ago with evidence of a long prior existence
to provide continuity of process such as annual rings on trees
in the Garden of Eden for years that didn't exist. This book
is an important work in the history of science and ideas.
It speaks to conflicts that are still being fought. Its reprinting
is an important event in cultural history.
Paper $34.95 ISBN
Ludwig Boltzmann Man, Physicist,
As the scientific theories of the twentieth century have sorted
out into the ephemeral and the enduring, the contributions
of Boltzmann have assumed an increasingly important position
in the foundations of physics. Dr. Broda, a longtime student
of Boltzmann's life and work, has crafted an intellectual
biography that covers all aspects of Boltzmann's thought.
Based on an earlier German edition, the present work includes
the results of new findings and new assessments.
179 pages, photos, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 .
First published in 1983 by Ox Bow Press.
Cloth $30. ISBN 0-918024-24-2
Goethe's Botanical Writings
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
The educated world, familiar with Faust, Werther, and Wilhelm
Meister, is not so generally aware of the scientific achievements
of the man who had a genus of plants (Goethea) and a mineral
(goethite) named for him; who coined and first used the word
morphology; who contributed to the understanding of the physiology
of color; who established the first system of weather stations;
who made the first systematic classification of minerals;
and who came unwittingly close to achieving the greatest concept
in biology, the theory of organic evolution and the descent
257 + x pages, 6 x 9.
Reprint of first English edition published
Paper $30. ISBN
Cloth $50. ISBN 0-918024-69-2
The First Hundred Years 1701-1801
Louis W. McKeehan
For its first hundred years, Yale College, under conservative
ministers, developed a faltering tradition in the sciences.
This book traces the years from Abraham Pierson, the first rector,
to Jeremiah Day in 1801.
Henry Schuman, Inc., Publishers, 1947. First edition.
Cloth $22. ISBN