Books: Saint of Science

MICHAEL FARADAY by L. Pearce Williams. 531 pages. Basic Books. $12.50.

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) is an everlasting wonder of the scientific world. His father was a blacksmith, and his education was limited to attendance at Sunday school, but in a lifetime of intellectual labor he transformed himself, most professionals agree, into the greatest experimental scientist who ever lived. He induced the first electric current, developed the first dynamo and with it the possibility of electric power, created the science of electrochemistry and with it a primary implement of modern industry, blasted the first big breach in the Newtonian universe and laid down...

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