Life of Thomas Young M.D, F.R.S.etc

Catalogue Number: 3481
Life of Thomas Young M.D, F.R.S.etc
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: PEACOCK George
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: Reprint 2013
Edition: Reprint of 1855 edition
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Cambridge University Press
Description Of Item: Paperback with colour illustrated cover, 215 x 140 mm, 514 pages. black and white portrait of Thomas Young as frontispiece and on the front cover otherwise no illustrations
Historical Significance: This book was originally published in 1855 in London by John Murray of Albemarle Street. The author George Peacock (1791-1858) D.D. was Dean of Ely and Professor of Anatomy in the University of Cambridge and a noted mathematician.Thomas Young (1773 - 1829) was an English polymath and physician. Young made notable scientific contributions to the fields of vision, light, solid mechanics, energy, physiology, language, musical harmony, and Egyptology. He "made a number of original and insightful innovations" in the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs (specifically the Rosetta Stone) before Jean-Fran?ois Champollion eventually expanded on his work. He was mentioned by, among others, William Herschel, Hermann von Helmholtz, James Clerk Maxwell, and Albert Einstein. Young has been described as "The Last Man Who Knew Everything". (See Cat No 1951)
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: Jan 2018
Condition: Mint
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection

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