John Whitehurst FRS: Innovator, Scientist, Geologist and Clockmaker by Maxwell Craven (Hardback, 2015)

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Although he is remembered as a clockmaker, John Whitehurst (1713–88) was a polymath with diverse scientific interests in areas such as geology, hydraulics and barometric pressure. This biography focuses on his interactions with a wide circle of acquaintances not only in Derby, where he worked for more than 40 years, but also among the members of Birmingham’s Lunar Society. The author highlights Midlanders’ influential role in the British Enlightenment and reveals how Whitehurst’s ideas contributed to the development of scientific thought.
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