A Pioneer of Connection

Recovering the Life and Work of Oliver Lodge

Among many other contributions, A Pioneer of Connection makes clear that it was Lodge who authored the first publication announcing the discovery of electromagnetic waves and who first published results verifying Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetic radiation.
Physics Today

Sir Oliver Lodge was a polymathic scientific figure who linked the Victorian Age with the Second World War, a reassuring figure of continuity across his long life and career. A physicist and spiritualist, inventor and educator, author and authority, he was one of the most famous public figures of British science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A pioneer in the invention of wireless communication and later of radio broadcasting, he was foundational for twentieth-century media technology and a tireless communicator who wrote upon and debated many of the pressing interests of the day in the sciences and far beyond. Yet since his death, Lodge has been marginalized. By uncovering the many aspects of his life and career, and the changing dynamics of scientific authority in an era of specialization, contributors to this volume reveal how figures like Lodge fell out of view as technical experts came to dominate the public understanding of science in the second half of the twentieth century. They account for why he was so greatly cherished by many of his contemporaries, examine the reasons for his eclipse, and consider what Lodge, a century on, might teach us about taking a more integrated approach to key scientific controversies of the day.

336 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

May, 2020

isbn : 9780822945956

about the editors

James Mussell

James Mussell is associate professor in Victorian literature at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Science, Time and Space in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age.

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James Mussell
Graeme Gooday

Graeme Gooday is professor of the history of science and technology, in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds. He is the author of The Morals of Measurement: Accuracy, Irony and Trust in Late Victorian Electrical Practice, Domesticating Electricity: Technology, Uncertainty and Gender in Late Nineteenth-Century Culture, 1880-1914, and, with Stathis Arapostathis, Patently Contestable: Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain.

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Graeme Gooday