prominent physicist most famous for his research on thermal radiation and the atmosphere. While researching his 1860 work, The Glaciers of the Alps, he became a proficient climber. This work, first published in 1871, is a combination of accounts of climbing expeditions in Switzerland together with a commentary on glaciation and geology. This insightful account of Victorian climbing expeditions is a fascinating read, detailing the lengths to which an experimental scientist was prepared to go in order to search for knowledge. This rare book is republished now with an introductory biography of the author.