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Description - Robert Boyle: By Himself and His Friends by Michael Hunter

The image of the 17th-century scientist Robert Boyle owes much to a series of evaluations of him written shortly after his death by men who had known him well, such as John Evelyn, Gilbert Burnet and Sir Peter Pett. These key early appraisals of Boyle by friends and contemporaries were selectively drawn on by Thomas Birch in his 1744 "Life of Boyle" and, through him, they have influenced all subsequent accounts of Boyle. Some of the most important of these documents - including texts by Burnet and Pett - have never been published. In this book, these unpublished and, in some cases, previously suppressed texts, provide a new and fuller image of Robert Boyle and allow a revaluation of his life and work. The book includes Boyle's own autobiographical sketch, "An Account of Philaretus during his Minority", amongst other early biographical texts, and also contains the hitherto unpublished surviving fragment of an ambitious early life of Boyle by William Wotton.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781851960859
ISBN-10: 1851960856
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Hunter

Editor Michael Hunter is Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is general editor of The Pickering Masters Works of Robert Boyle (14 Volumes) the Correspondence of Robert Boyle (6 Volumes), and editor of Robert Boyle Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press 1994).

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