A Complex and Innovative Analysis of Discipline Formation in Nineteenth-Century Science
How Intellectuals and Global Publics Viewed the Relationship between Evolution and Diverse Religious Traditions
Traces the Early Evolution of Britain’s System of Scientific Advice
Illuminates the Diverse Communities of Victorian Insect Collectors Who Contributed to the Study of Natural History
Considers the Relationship between the Development of Evolutionary Theory and Its Historical Representations
Examines British Anthropology’s Engagement with the Modern Spiritualist Movement
How Five Celebrity Scientists Used the Art of Public Speech to Advocate for Science as a Powerful Agent for Cultural Change
An Exploration of the Essential Material Practices, New Technologies, and Paper Tools British Mathematicians Relied on in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
How the Circulation of Tropical Bodies Changed Victorian Understandings of Race, Gender, Disease, and Climate
Sheds New Light on the Stakes in the Conflict between Religion and the Sciences in the Age of Revolution and Reform
An Argument for Art and Science as Practices and Knowledges that Emerge from Shared Epistemologies Rather than Compartmentalized Disciplines
Reconsidering the Distinction between Scientific Discovery and Travel Writing in International Arctic Explorations
Victorian culture was characterized by a proliferation of shows and exhibitions. These were encouraged by the development of new sciences and technologies, together with changes in transportation, education and leisure patterns. The essays in this collection look at exhibitions and their influence in terms of location, technology and ideology.
Physicist John Tyndall and his contemporaries were at the forefront of developing the cosmology of scientific naturalism during the Victorian period. They rejected all but physical laws as having any impact on the operations of human life and the universe. Contributors focus on the way Tyndall and his correspondents developed their ideas through letters, periodicals and scientific journals and challenge previously held assumptions about who gained authority, and how they attained and defended their position within the scientific community.
Britain in the long nineteenth century developed an increasing interest in science of all kinds. Whilst poets and novelists took inspiration from technical and scientific innovations, those directly engaged in these new disciplines relied on literary techniques to communicate their discoveries to a wider audience. The essays in this collection uncover this symbiotic relationship between literature and science, at the same time bridging the disciplinary gulf between the history of science and literary studies. Specific case studies include the engineering language used by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the role of physiology in the development of the sensation novel and how mass communication made people lonely.