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The Life and Selections from the Correspondence of William Whewell, D.D.

WHEWELL, William (1794-1866)] DOUGLAS, Janet Mary Stair.

ISBN 10: 1855060922 / ISBN 13: 9781855060920
Published by Thoemmes & Kinokuniya, (1991)., Bristol & Tokyo:, 1991
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Facsimile reprint of the 1881 C. Kegan Paul edition. 8vo. xv, 591, ads. [2] pp. Frontis. port. of Whewell, index. Black cloth, gilt-stamped spine title. Fine. Scarce. ISBN: 1855060922. Bookseller Inventory # Z1737

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Title: The Life and Selections from the ...

Publisher: Thoemmes & Kinokuniya, (1991)., Bristol & Tokyo:

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

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William Whewell was born in Lancaster in 1794,and educated at Lancaster Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1816. He became a fellow of Trinity in 1817, and a tutor in 1823, earning his living as a private tutor and developing a reputation as a formidable polymath. This is a collection of William Whewell's correspondence. The letters themselves fall into two categories. There are letters to family and friends, which paint a rather more attractive portrait of Whewell than that of the stiff and domineering Master of Trinity and there are letters dealing with college and university business, including such topics as the autonomy of Catholics and dissenters. On such controversial issues, Whewell generally held conservative views, but showed his open-mindedness by protesting forcefully at attempts to expel his colleague Thirlwall for advocating reforms.

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William Whewell (1794-1866) was a professor of mineralogy (1828-1832) and moral philosophy (1838-1855) at the University of Cambridge. For twenty-five years he was the Master of Trinity College at Cambridge. Whewell was the author of many books, including "History of the Inductive Sciences" and" Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences".

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