Joseph Henry's Lectures on Natural Philosophy: Teaching and Research in Physics, 1832-1847


Creator: Weiner, Charles I


Date: 1965

Citation: (Dissertation)

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Based largely on unpublished correspondence, laboratory journals, and lecture notes, this work examines the relationship between Joseph Henry's research and the lectures he gave as a professor of natural philosophy at the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in the 1830s and 1840s. It includes a biographical narrative focused on Henry's educational background, his teaching career, and his ideas on scientific education; a general analysis of his lectures of natural philosophy at Princeton; a specific evaluation of his lectures on heat, light, electricity, and magnetism in relation to his own research in these fields and general trends in physics; and a comparison of Henry's natural philosophy course with those being offered at other institutions in the United States and Europe.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Princeton University
  • Albany Academy


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Ph.D dissertation. Appendix consists of a bibliography of Joseph Henry's scientific papers. Summary adapted from dissertation abstract.

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  • Education
  • Physics
  • Education, Higher
  • Research
  • Biography


  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • Princeton (N.J.)

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Number of pages : 609 (single-sided) ; Page numbers : ii-v; 1-297

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