This volume contains a collection of lectures by John Tyndall, one of the most eminent scientists of the 19th century, in which he introduced and explained new theories and possibilities about heat - its origins, behaviour, and potential use as a source of power to generate motion. For example, prior to Tyndall it was widely surmised that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, but he was the first to prove it, by discovering that water vapour strongly absorbed infrared radiation.
John Tyndall FRS (1820–1893) was a prominent Anglo-Irish 19th-century physicist. Trained initially in mathematics and surveying, he travelled to Germany to study physics under such eminent names as Bunsen, returning to London in 1851, and being elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1852. His initial scientific fame arose from his study of diamagnetism. Later he made discoveries in the realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air. Tyndall also published a number of science books presenting state-of-the-art 19th century experimental physics to a wide audience. From 1853 to 1887 he was Professor of Physics at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.
Our copy of this title is in good condition for its age, bound in red cloth which is considerably faded, particularly on the spine, but with only minor signs of shelf wear (bumped corners and some wear to top & bottom of spine). An embossed border enlivens both boards, and the title etc are in surprisingly bright gilt on the spine. The back cover is slightly bent at the centre of the long edge, and there is a slight tearing of the cloth binding at the top L/H side of the spine. Inside, the brown endpapers are in good condition, with some cracking along the spine at the front angle. An Ex Libris in the name of John Waern Hill is pasted inside the front cover, and a binder's stamp (Westley's) inside the back. An ink-written name at the top of the title page is possibly contemporaneous with the date of publication. The binding is firm, with no loose sheets, and there is only light foxing to one or two pages, the fold-out illustration, and the long edges of the text block. Copiously illustrated, this is a nice copy of an important early scientific text.