Michael Faraday: Sandemanian and Scientist; a study of science and religion in the Nineteenth Century.
1991 · New York:
by [FARADAY] Geoffrey CANTOR.
New York:: St. Martin's Press, (1991)., 1991. 8vo. xi, 359 pp. Illus., index; HEAVILY ANNOTATED IN PENCIL WITH NUMEROUS COMMENTS by Faraday historian L. Pearce Williams. Cloth, dust-jacket; top edges jacket wrinkled. Very good. ISBN: 0312066694 Michael Faraday has become renowned as the discoverer of such phenomena as electromagnetic rotation, electromagnetic induction and the laws of electrochemistry. Moreover, his theoretical insights provided the basis for field theory. This book locates Faraday and his science in the context of the Sandemanians, an obscure Christian fundamentalist sect to which he belonged. After outlining the history of the sect, Faraday's social and political views, including his attitude to the scientific community, are shown to derive from the Sandemanian social philosophy. Likewise, his profoundly religious understanding of nature is seen as permeating many aspects of his science. Geoffrey Cantor is also the author of "Optics after Newton" and co-editor of "Companion to the History of Modern Science". "Geoffrey N. Cantor (born 1943) is emeritus professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Leeds and Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He has written extensively on the history of science since the 17th century, including books upon Michael Faraday, the wave theory of light and the responses of the Quaker and Jewish religions to science." – Wikipedia. "Professor Geoffrey Cantor trained as a Physicist, gaining his PhD in radiophysics at King's College, London. While pursuing this research he discovered History and Philosophy of Science and started taking courses with Larry Laudan in that new and exciting subject, while teaching Physics at a school. The HPS department at the University of Indiana beckoned and enabled him to retrain as an historian. He has spent most of his professional life teaching HPS at the University of Leeds, where he has moved progressively from the history of physics to historical studies of science and religion. The initial project that bridged the two areas resulted in his Michael Faraday, Sandemanian and Scientist (1991)." – International Society for Science & Religion. (Inventory #: BL4069)