208 pages, b/w illustrations
Michael Faraday's celebrated series of lectures, "The Chemical History of a Candle", turned into one of the most successful science books ever published and was a classic work of Victorian popular science. They also reflect how Faraday, the bookbinder's apprentice turned scientist, was a remarkable communicator of science.
First published in 1861 they have remained continuously in print ever since. Covering a wide range of basic scientific knowledge, much of which still has relevance today, The Chemical History of a Candle draws out the science behind the candle flame; a familiar yet complex example of combustion, and a source of fascination as much today as it was then.
Timed to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication, Frank James presents a new edition of the lectures, which, for the first time, includes a facsimile of Faraday's original handwritten lecture notes, never before published. Including an introduction from Frank James this new edition provides the historical context and background to his lectures, and to Faraday himself.
Popular science at its very best
- Financial Times
David Phillips, Professor Emeritus, Imperial College London and President, Royal Society of Chemistry: Foreword
Frank A.J.L James: Introduction
Note on the Published Text
Note on the Facsimile
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