The John Tyndall Correspondence Project
The Irish Launch of
of this major (18 volume) work of scholarship
9 March 2015, 6:30pm
Senior Common Room, Trinity College Dublin
Published by Pickering and Chatto of London
Edited by Geoffrey Cantor and Gowan Dawson
General editors James Elwick, Bernard Lightman
and Michael Reid.
The series will be launched in Ireland by
Professor John Sweeney (Maynooth University)
with welcome by Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost (TCD)
This is a programme which emphasises Tyndall’s absolute importance to modern physics and technology - eg his role in foundation of today’s cleanroom science, his role with Pasteur in founding bacteriology and proving the germ theory, his sole role in founding modern atmospheric science, his invention of the respirator, cloud chamber and first IR spectrometer (double-beam null-balance), being the first to write a modern mountaineering book and his heroic exploits in the mountains in founding the modern sport and not to be forgotten his 1872 lecture tour of the East Coast of the USA where he helped raised all the money for the first research facilities in the Ivy League Universities.
The musical composition is very interesting and a great musical analogue of Tyndall’s calorescence (transformation of IR into spectral UV emissions) which is becoming again of some importance and was his attempt to develop the opposite spectral effect to his friend Stokes’ fluorescence shift but only possible in 1870s at a macroscopic level.