Ken Corbett is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. He completed a Master of Arts in History at Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy at Brock University. Ken’s research and teaching focus on the history of science and technology, nineteenth-century Britain and empire, and nineteenth-century Europe. Ken’s dissertation examines the history of punctuality and timekeeping in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain.
This sixth volume of Tyndall’s correspondence contains 302 letters covering a period of twenty-eight months (1856-1859). It begins shortly after Tyndall returned from his first glacier research in the Alps and follows him as he experimented and lectured on physics in central London at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI), visited friends, joined London’s fashionable social circles, published and reviewed scientific articles, corresponded with fellow men of science on a wide range of topics, and developed his theories about the structure and movement of glaciers. Importantly, this volume includes Tyndall’s expeditions to the Alps and also documents some of his most dangerous mountaineering exploits.