An American Scientist on the Research Frontier: Edward by Ralph R. Hamerla

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. partially, it's the long-overdue tale of a guy who lent his identify to the Michelson and Morley Ether-Drift test, and who conclusively tested the atomic weight of oxygen. it's also the untold tale of technological know-how in provincial the USA: what Hamerla offers as technology at the "American examine frontier". this crucial exam of Morley’s fight for private legitimacy extends and transforms our knowing of technological know-how in the course of a foundational interval, and ends up in a few precise conclusions which are important to the literature and historiography of technological know-how. by means of revealing vital points of the medical tradition of the yankee heartland, An American Scientist at the learn Frontier deepens our realizing of a person scientist and of yankee technology extra generally. In so doing, Hamerla adjustments the way in which we process and comprehend the construction of clinical wisdom, medical groups, and the background of technological know-how itself.

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I feel that I have been a great sinner,” said Frank, “and have done very very many wicked things. 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.

The business and practice of educating women, while already in its ascendancy, had become formalized due largely to the energy of the school’s founder, one of the century’s most important reformers, Catherine E. Beecher. Beecher not only prepared the way for more serious and accepted forms of education for women, but she also tied these new opportunities to a pedagogical philosophy, giving her students an exposure to science perhaps even greater than what Sardis received at Williams College. When Anna entered Beecher’s school, women beginning formal education did so with both high aspiration and a sense of caution.

3. 4. 5. Sin does not destroy any faculty of the mind. Nor revise the action of any. But prevents the cultivation of the mind. Prevents from using the mind to clear truth and duty; prevents attention. 70 Morley expected Frank to use this as a template for reform—as if a simple formula would somehow right Frank’s continuing mistakes and difficulties. This sort of calculated advice was characteristic of the way Morley would later deal with his scientific projects and critics, but such a formulaic and cold-logic approach, whether guised in religious discourse or not, seems strangely misplaced in this situation.

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