This is an admirable book. Readers who successfully negotiate its subtle analysis and its extended interlinked case studies will learn much about what scientific ‘discovery’ has meant and much about what two very different ‘discoverers’—James Watt and Henry Cavendish—could be made to signify in mid-nineteenth-century scientific culture.
Marsden, B. (2006). Deconstructing discovery: David Philip Miller, Discovering Water: James Watt, Henry Cavendish and the Nineteenth-Century ‘Water Controversy’. Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004). Notes & Records of the Royal Society of London, 60(1), 105-106. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2005.0122