Annals of Philosophy

Annals of Philosophy  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Ann. Philos.
Discipline Natural philosophy
Language English
Edited by Thomas Thomson
Publication details
Robert Baldwin (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Monthly

Annals of Philosophy was a learned journal founded in 1813 by the Scottish chemist Thomas Thomson. It shortly became a leader in its field of commercial scientific periodicals.[1] Contributors included John George Children,[2] Edward Daniel Clarke,[3] Philip Crampton,[4][5] Alexander Crichton,[6] James Cumming,[7] John Herapath,[8] William George Horner,[9] Thomas Dick Lauder,[10] John Miers,[11] Matthew Paul Moyle,[12] Robert Porrett,[13] James Thomson,[14] and Charles Wheatstone.[15]

Thomson edited it until 1821, when he was succeeded in 1821 by Richard Phillips. The journal was bought by Richard Taylor in 1827, and closed down for the benefit of the Philosophical Magazine.[16]

The Annals of Philosophy were issued monthly following a standard pattern. Often the first article was a biographical article (10 pages) on a living or recently deceased scientist. This was then followed by a series of extended pieces (5-10 pages) on particular topics, sometimes by eminent authors. Then there were shorter news items and correspondence. Summaries followed: first of the proceedings of learned bodies (Royal Society, Linnean, French Institute -if available: the Napoleonic Wars made communications with the continent difficult at first,[17] etc.), then of patents, and finally of new books. The last section was a meteorological journal. Every six months a title page, index, and preface were issued which could be bound before the six monthly issues to make a half-yearly volume.[18] Including front matter, volumes were just under 500 pages each.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]



  1. Morrell 2004.
  2. Bettany 1887.
  3. Wroth 1887.
  4. Thomson, Vol I, p 170.
  5. Bettany 1888.
  6. Boase 1888.
  7. Bettany 1888a.
  8. Goodwin 1891.
  9. Thomson, Vol VI, pp 281 – 283.
  10. Henderson 1892.
  11. Boulger 1894.
  12. Boase 1894.
  13. Hartog 1896.
  14. Carlyle 1898.
  15. Thompson 1899.
  16. Harden 1898.
  17. Thomson, Vol III, pp iii – iv.
  18. Thomson, Vol I, p iii.
  19. Thomson, Vol I, pp v–viii.
  20. Thomson, Vol II, pp iv – viii.
  21. Thomson, Vol III, pp v – viii.
  22. Thomson, Vol IV, pp v – viii.
  23. Thomson, Vol V, pp vi – viii.
  24. Thomson, Vol VI, pp iii – vii.
  25. Thomson, Vol VII, pp iii – vii.
  26. Thomson, Vol VIII, pp iii – vii.


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