Category Archives: Physical Sciences


Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving others to ramble on (or, even better, write snappily and coherently) … Continue reading

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Old CLC’s Weather Almanack

The mining engineer Richard Inwards (1840–1937) was a widely travelled man. We have reissued two of his books: The Temple of the Andes (1884) and the second edition (1893) of Weather Lore. The former work records a visit made almost … Continue reading

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The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion

John Coakley Lettsom (1744–1815) seems to have been a nice sort of man. Born the son of a Quaker plantation owner in the Virgin Islands, he was sent to England at the age of six to be educated, and was … Continue reading

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Roget’s Thesaurus

What do John Romilly, the Master of the Rolls who initiated the Rolls Series of historical documents, Gabriel Beranger, whose ‘labours in the cause of Irish art and antiquities from 1760 to 1780’ were memorialised by Oscar Wilde’s father (and … Continue reading

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A List of Women Scientists

Today, 14 October, has been declared Ada Lovelace Day, ‘an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths’, named after Lord Byron‘s daughter, later countess of Lovelace, and a renowned mathematician. We have not yet reissued … Continue reading

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