‘The progeny of these two “Fellows”’: Robert Willis, William Whewell and the sciences of mechanism, mechanics and machinery in early Victorian Britain

@article{Marsden2004ThePO,
  title={‘The progeny of these two “Fellows”’: Robert Willis, William Whewell and the sciences of mechanism, mechanics and machinery in early Victorian Britain},
  author={Ben Marsden},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={37},
  pages={401 - 434}
}
  • B. Marsden
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
This paper examines Robert Willis's science of ‘mechanism’, its relation to the later mechanics textbooks of William Whewell, and its promotion as the key to appreciating, understanding and contriving machinery in Victorian Britain. Responsive, first, to the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and later to student audiences at Cambridge, Willis constructed a science of ‘mechanism’ in both words in print and works in practice. With Whewell's sanction in the Philosophy of the Inductive… Expand
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