AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXVI , No. 1, Spring 2004

A School Compendium of Natural and Experimental Philosophy by  Richard Green Parker
From a book recently donated by T.W. Sills. A classroom experiment explained in Richard Green Parker,
A School Compendium of Natural and Experimental Philosophy. 17th edition (New York, 1850). As one learns from the book's front matter, it was used in the schools of Boston from 1838. In 1847, Parker (a principal of a Boston grammar school) issued a revision to incorporate recently purchased teaching apparatus "substituted for the cheap and defective sets" formerly in use.


First Lessons in Natural Philosophy for Children, Part Second by Mary A. Swift
From a book recently donated by T.W. Sills. A lesson from Mary A. Swift, First Lessons in Natural Philosophy for Children, Part Second (Hartford, 1853). Such books were widely used for home instruction in rural areas.


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