in Tides of History

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780226709321
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226709338 | DOI:

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In the early 1830s John William Lubbock, while contributing to the tide tables published for the London docks, also introduced William Whewell, his former tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge, to the study of the tides. This chapter follows Whewell's entry into tidal studies, from his coining of the term “tidology” in 1830 to his overt shaping of the field based on his own studies in the history and philosophy of science. Master of Trinity College for twenty-five years, Whewell published on a wide range of sciences, on architecture, poetry, and religion, and on a large number of other topics in more popular reviews and sermons. He is best known for his History of the Inductive Sciences (1837) and Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences (1840), significant texts in the history and philosophy of science. The practice of tidology helped Whewell formulate what it meant to do science and placed him at the forefront of the discussion on the proper social and intellectual role of the scientist.

Keywords: William Whewell; tides; tidology; history; philosophy; science; Trinity College; History of the Inductive Sciences; Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences

Chapter.  13008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental History

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