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Books on the zeitgeist of science during Lord Kelvin's time.

by Hazard 1 min read9th Dec 20198 comments


There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.

(edit: looks like this question was based on a false impression of history, so nvm)

That Lord Kelvin apocryphal quote has always stuck out to me. I remember hearing from some other source that this was a general attitude at the time.

Does anyone have good book recommendations to get a feel for what the intellectual / scientific zeitgeist of this moment in history in Europe was like?

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The Alchemy of Air (Hager):

+ did well when I fact checked it

+ is at about the right time period

+ is a very good case study of how science changed during that time period

_ is not about "welp, we've solved science" in particular