The Harvard Classics, Volume 30, Scientific Paper, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology Hardcover – 1910 by Charles w. Eliot, Editor
The Harvard Classics, Volume 30, Scientific Paper, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology Hardcover – 1910 by Charles w. Eliot, Editor

The Harvard Classics, Volume 30, Scientific Paper, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology Hardcover – 1910 by Charles w. Eliot, Editor

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With Introductions, Notes and Illustrations FARADAY, HELMHOLTZ, KELVIN, NEWCOMB, ETC The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot. Eliot, then President of Harvard University, had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity, and challenged him to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works; the Harvard Classics was the result. Eliot worked for one year together with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot determined the works to be included and Neilson selected the specific editions and wrote introductory notes. Each volume had 400 to 450 pages or so; and the included texts are "so far as possible, entire works or complete segments of the world's written legacies." The collection was widely advertised by Collier and Son, in Collier's Magazine and elsewhere, with great success. A separate 20-volume selection by Eliot, the Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction, was published in 1917. " The Five-Foot Shelf, with its introductions, notes, guides to reading, and exhaustive indexes, may claim to constitute a reading course unparalleled in comprehensiveness and authority. " -Notes on the Lectures by William Allan Neilson