Adds a nuanced layer of understanding to how culture, class, gender and distance were played out . . . deserves to be read by scholars of identity, cultural geography and, especially, nineteenth-century science.
Victorian England, as is well known, produced an enormous amount of scientific endeavour, but what has previously been overlooked is the important role of geography on these developments.
Naylor seeks to rectify this imbalance by presenting a historical geography of regional science. Taking an in-depth look at the county of Cornwall, questions on how science affected provincial Victorian society, how it changed people’s relationship with the landscape and how it shaped society are applied to the Cornish case study, allowing a depth and texture of analysis denied to more general scientific overviews of the period.
Offers groundbreaking insights into provincial science in Victorian Britain and a fruitful method for studying the intersection of geography and science in history. Carefully researched and nicely illustrated, it is a must-read for scholars who study Victorian Science.
Provides a sophisticated and empirically grounded new regional geography of scientific culture in the nineteenth century.