Modern life w depends on the application of Faraday's discoveries of the electric motor, transformer and the dynamo; modern physical theories reflect the field-conception of natural powers that he pioneered. Faraday's chemical tebook of 1822 is one of the most significant of Faraday's unpublished writings because it served as a place to explore possibilities and questions, rather than to record laboratory work. Transcribed and published here for the first time, the tebook shows that Faraday's physical achievements emerged from the context of applied, laboratory chemistry. It foreshadows many of his most important discoveries, and offers a revealing glimpse into the mind and scientific aspirations of a master experimentalist.
Ryan Tweney is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. The author of a number of articles on scientific reasoning and experimental and cognitive psychology, he is co-editor of Wundt Studies and On Scientific Thinking, and is currently studying Faraday's experimental heuristics from a cognitive standpoint. David Gooding is Senior Lecturer in the Science Studies Centre, University of Bath. He is the author of a number of articles on Faraday and of Experiment and the Making of Meaning a study of human agency in scientific observation. He is co-author of Faraday and co-editor of Faraday Rediscovered and of The Uses of Experiment.