Edward Gibbon (1737- 1794). Historical engraving of the English historian, member of parliament and supporter of the slavery abolition movement Edward Gibbon. Gibbon was educated first at Oxford University, England, and later at Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1764, during a visit to Rome, Gibbon decided to write about the city's history. Gibbon named his work The decline and fall of the Roman Empire. The last of six volumes was published in 1788. The first volume contained scepticism about early Christianity, producing an outcry at the time. Gibbon was constantly ridiculed for his style of dress and appearance. Intellectuals, however, admired the skill of his writings. Published in 'Lives of men of letters and science' by Henry Brougham, in
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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