19th century physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism
. Later he studied thermal radiation
, and produced a number of discoveries about processes in the atmosphere
. Tyndall published seventeen books, which brought state-of-the-art 19th century experimental physics
to a wider audience. From 1853 to 1887 he was professor of physics at the Royal Institution
of Great Britain, where he became the successor to positions held by Michael Faraday
Tyndall was born in Leighlinbridge
, County Carlow
Knowledge once gained casts a faint light beyond its own immediate boundaries.
Life is a wave, which in no two consecutive moments of its existence is composed of the same particles.
The mind of man may be compared to a musical instrument with a certain range of notes, beyond which in both directions we have an infinitude of silence.
The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proved to have their counterparts in the world of fact.
It is as fatal as it is cowardly to blink facts because they are not to our taste.
Superstition may be defined as constructive religion which has grown incongruous with intelligence.
Religious feeling is as much a verity as any other part of human consciousness; and against it, on the subjective side, the waves of science beat in vain.