1849-1855, letters 2146-3032
This volume in which nearly two thirds of the letters were previously unpublished covers 1849 and the first half of the 1850s. Topics covered include Faraday's extensive work on terrestrial and atmospheric magnetism, the beginning of the electrification of lighthouses, his work on the theory of telegraphic retardation, his advice to various government departments on the prosecution of the Anglo-French war against Russia, his possible second (and thus final) exclusion from the Sandemanian Church and the controversy over his views on table turning.
Correspondents in this volume include the Astronomer Royal G.B. Airy, the Irish chemist, Thomas Andrews, the Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University William Thomson, the Secretary of the Royal Institution John Barlow, the physician Henry Bence Jones, the Genevan savant and politician August De La Rive, the French chemist and politician J.B. Dumas, the mathematician Charles Babbage, the new Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution John Tyndall, the engineer I.K. Brunel, the philanthropist Angela Burdett Coutts, the lawyer and natural philosopher William Robert Grove, the assistant secretary of the Royal Institution and co-religionist Benjamin Vincent, the Secretary of Trinity House Jacob Herbert, the German physicist Julius Plücker, the director of the 'magnetic crusade' and Royal Society officer Edward Sabine, the Swiss chemist Christian Schoenbein, the Cambridge philosopher William Whewell and the Admiral of the Fleet Thomas Byam Martin.