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. partly, it's the long-overdue tale of a guy who lent his identify to the Michelson and Morley Ether-Drift scan, and who conclusively validated the atomic weight of oxygen. it's also the untold tale of technology in provincial the USA: what Hamerla offers as technology at the "American learn frontier". this crucial exam of Morley’s fight for private legitimacy extends and transforms our realizing of technological know-how in the course of a foundational interval, and results in a few specific conclusions which are very important to the literature and historiography of technology. by way of revealing very important points of the medical tradition of the yank heartland, An American Scientist at the study Frontier deepens our figuring out of anyone scientist and of yank technology extra commonly. In so doing, Hamerla alterations the way in which we strategy and comprehend the production of medical wisdom, clinical groups, and the heritage of technology itself.
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While Sardis and Anna never really experienced a crisis of faith, the self-absorbed focus of Evangelical religion at the expense of the truly needy found the two retreating to the more pragmatic character of science for help with facing the abject poverty Sardis encountered on a daily basis as a missionary. While remaining a devoted and practicing minister, Sardis had to reconcile his religious views with what he recognized as a contradiction in God’s great plan. He was able to do this through science, as his son Edward would have to do years later when he experienced the Civil War ﬁrst hand as an agent for the United States Sanitary Commission.
By the time Edward was a young boy Anna had undoubtedly reached for Beecher’s Treatise on more than one or two occasions, to say nothing of the lessons she learned directly from the book’s author. There were other subjects besides chemistry essential to female education as well. Beecher and her teachers taught students that health was an issue to be addressed through science, insisting that good food, good air, loose dress, and physical activity was a prerequisite for a full and healthy life. Appropriately, a woman needed to be instructed in both physics and chemistry; physics for air currents and mechanics of household devices, and chemistry for understanding combustion, the composition of air, sound diet, and appropriate methods of cooking.
83 Were they to catch Frank the consequences, they told Sardis, could be a sentence to Alexandria Prison or execution for desertion. ”84 Rationalizing away Frank’s behavior, Sardis conﬁded to Edward that he was sure Frank had “gotten stuck somewhere” on his way back to his post and that everything would work out ﬁne. Again, Edward Morley said nothing of his knowledge of Frank’s intentions. In the end Frank did decide to go back to his post where his punishment was lenient considering the possible result.
An American Scientist on the Research Frontier: Edward Morley, Community, and Radical Ideas in Nineteenth-Century Science by Ralph R. Hamerla