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By Ralph R. Hamerla

An American Scientist at the learn Frontier is the 1st scholarly research of the nineteenth-century American scientist Edward Williams Morley. partly, it's the long-overdue tale of a guy who lent his identify to the Michelson and Morley Ether-Drift scan, and who conclusively proven the atomic weight of oxygen. it's also the untold tale of technological know-how in provincial the US: what Hamerla provides as technological know-how at the "American examine frontier". this crucial exam of Morley’s fight for private legitimacy extends and transforms our figuring out of technology in the course of a foundational interval, and ends up in a few precise conclusions which are very important to the literature and historiography of technology. through revealing very important elements of the clinical tradition of the yankee heartland, An American Scientist at the study Frontier deepens our figuring out of someone scientist and of yank technology extra generally. In so doing, Hamerla adjustments the best way we technique and comprehend the production of clinical wisdom, clinical groups, and the background of technological know-how itself.

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I have found or am trying to find God to mend my ways. I want to lead a good Christian life before it is too late for me. ”69 Rather than help Frank out of what was clearly a desperate situation, Morley chastised his brother for living a sinful life and recommended that he give up his ways and heed the advice of a sermon he was writing. In the “Influence of Sin Upon the Intellect,” Morley reminded Frank that 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sin does not destroy any faculty of the mind. Nor revise the action of any.

32 Chapter 1. S. success and remained a policy of the society until the 1860s. S. in 1837 the practice of listing the saved was the chief measure of success of individual agents. S. leaders increasingly viewed the activity of converting souls as a step in bringing about Christ’s return all the sooner. As managers announced in 1829, “Christian friends! This is no time for halting. S. believed that its volunteers had become missionaries of Christ whose collective duty was to carry the gospel through the voice and written word to every person in New York City.

35 Beginning in 1828, the college established a formal position for chemistry and natural history, both encompassed by a single professorship. Then, in 1829, Albert Hopkins was named Professor of Astronomy and Natural Philosophy, leaving the duties of teaching chemistry to one of the college tutors. 00 in 1832 explicitly for “philosophical and chemical apparatus,” and in 1834 Hopkins was sent by the college to Europe to purchase additional instruments to fulfill the Alumni’s wishes. , 40. 41. 33 Edward Morley, “On the Latitude of the Williams College Observatory,” Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences VI (1865).

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