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Eunice Newton Foote
Circumstances Affecting the Heat of Sun s Rays[in The American Journal of Science and Arts]
1856. Original printed wrappers, untrimmed. Three engraved plates, folding engraved map, woodcut text figures. Some sporadic trivial spotting, chipped at head of spine, else scintillatingly Fine. ** First printing of the discovery of greenhouse gases - particularly that carbon dioxide in the Earth s atmosphere alters its temperature. ** Is there a more significant scientific issue of our time? It s just the fate of our progeny and the planet ** In a series of experiments conducted in 1856, Eunice Newton Foote a scientist and women's rights campaigner from Seneca Falls, New York became the first person to discover that altering the proportion of carbon dioxide(then called "carbonic acid gas") in the atmosphere would change its temperature. This relationship between carbon dioxide and the earth's climate has since become one of the key principles of modern meteorology, the greenhouse effect, and climate science. However, no one acknowledged Foote was the first to make this discovery for more than a century, in large part because she was a woman. ** Entirely because she was a woman, Foote was barred from reading the paper describing her findings at the 1856 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Albany, New York. Instead, Professor Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian had the honor of introducing her, announcing that science was of no country and of no sex. The sphere of woman embraces not only the beautiful and the useful, but the true. Perhaps this was Henry s attempt to shield Foote and her findings from sexist criticism or, worse, indifferenc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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