Theorists and Ingenious Mechanics: Joseph Henry Defines Science

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The editor and an assistant editor of The Papers of Joseph Henry discuss two lectures given by 19th-century American physicist Joseph Henry, who would go on to become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The authors analyze Henry's 1826 inaugural lecture as professor of natural philosophy at Albany Academy and the first of a series of chemistry lectures he gave in 1832. Their discussion centers on Henry's thoughts regarding the relationship between science and technology, and the significance of these views for present-day historians of science .


Henry, Joseph 1797-1878


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Science Studies Vol. 4 (Contained within)

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pp. 323-351

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