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Biography of William Whewell


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Whewell (hu'-el), William. Born at Lancaster, 1794. An eminent writer on various subjects. From 1841 to his death, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1833 Whewell published his Bridgewater Treatise on "Astronomy and General Physics Considered in Reference to Natural Theology." This was followed by a "History of the Inductive Sciences" (1837), "The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences" (1840), and "Lectures on Political Economy" (1861), undoubtedly his three greatest works, displaying equal learning and independent power. Died 1866.