New York: Harper & Brothers, 1861. Small Octavo. Item #026134
223 pages, edited by William Crookes, textual illustrations. When Faraday gave this lecture to a group of young people, it introduced his advanced ideas in remarkably down-to-earth language. Henry Petroski's article, "Why the Pencil" in the American Scientist Vol. 88:2 (Summer 2000) is that simple everyday items help to communicate ideas. Another scientist has written that though these lectures were given over 150 years ago, he feels the youthful audience was more experienced with ideas than today's youth who are dependent on access information rather than thinking about the scientific process. A fine copy bound in publisher's brown cloth stamped in blind, brown coated endpapers, sharp corners, light wear to spine ends. Very nice.