Michael Faraday's Mental Exercises

Michael Faraday's Mental Exercises

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In 1818 Michael Faraday and a handful of London artisans formed a self-help group with the aim of teaching themselves how to write like gentleman. For a year and a half, this essay circle met regularly to read and critique one anothera€™s writings and the a€œMental Exercisesa€ they produced are a record of life, literary tastes, and the social and political ideas of dissenting artisans in Regency London. This volume is the first to publish the essays and poems produced by Faradaya€™s circle and it includes not only the complete corpus of the groupa€™s writings, but detailed annotations, extracts from key sources, a full-length biographical, historical, and a literary introduction as well. Valuable not only for Romantic and early-Victorian historians, but for literary scholars and the general reader as well, this collection sheds considerable light on the developing mind of one our greatest scientists. a€œMental Exercises is an important document for historians interested in the lives and education of artisans of the period.a€a€”Geoffrey Cantor, University of Leeds[one of the intriguing but insoluble questions of Faraday studies is whether he ever read Frankenstein, which was of course published in the year the essay- circle was formed. Faradaya#39;s taste for novels is well attested, but it is very difficult to beanbsp;...

Title:Michael Faraday's Mental Exercises
Author:Alice Jenkins
Publisher:Liverpool University Press - 2008


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