Item 69 - James David Forbes to William Whewell

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Add. MS a/204/69

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James David Forbes to William Whewell

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  • 15 Nov. 1845 (Creation)

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Edinburgh - Thanks WW for his 'A Liberal Education' [Of A Liberal Education in General, and with Particular Reference to the Leading Studies of the University of Cambridge, 1845.]. JDF hopes WW's plans of reform at Cambridge prove successful. 'I am full of anxiety to hear of Faraday's [Michael Faraday] discovery which must I conceive be far the most important of our time, beyond Davy's [Humphrey Davy], Oersted's [Hans Christian Oersted], or any other. What a first and noble reputation he has achieved! Nine years ago I tried to magnetize a needle by circularly polarized light, without success - but I suspect I had been in the right track'.

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