Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

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Imagining the Darwinian Revolution

Imagining the Darwinian Revolution

Historical Narratives of Evolution from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
Edited By Ian Hesketh

Considers the Relationship between the Development of Evolutionary Theory and Its Historical Representations

Psychic Investigators

Psychic Investigators

Anthropology, Modern Spiritualism, and Credible Witnessing in the Late Victorian Age

Examines British Anthropology’s Engagement with the Modern Spiritualist Movement

Symbols and Things

Symbols and Things

Material Mathematics in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

An Exploration of the Essential Material Practices, New Technologies, and Paper Tools British Mathematicians Relied on in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Imperial Bodies in London

Imperial Bodies in London

Empire, Mobility, and the Making of British Medicine, 1880–1914

How the Circulation of Tropical Bodies Changed Victorian Understandings of Race, Gender, Disease, and Climate

The Voice of Science

The Voice of Science

British Scientists on the Lecture Circuit in Gilded Age America

How Five Celebrity Scientists Used the Art of Public Speech to Advocate for Science as a Powerful Agent for Cultural Change

The Trinity Circle

The Trinity Circle

Anxiety, Intelligence, and Knowledge Creation in Nineteenth-Century England

Sheds New Light on the Stakes in the Conflict between Religion and the Sciences in the Age of Revolution and Reform

Victorian Science and Imagery

Victorian Science and Imagery

Representation and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture

An Argument for Art and Science as Practices and Knowledges that Emerge from Shared Epistemologies Rather than Compartmentalized Disciplines

Explorations in the Icy North

Explorations in the Icy North

How Travel Narratives Shaped Arctic Science in the Nineteenth Century

Reconsidering the Distinction between Scientific Discovery and Travel Writing in International Arctic Explorations

Uncommon Contexts: Encounters between Science and Literature, 1800-1914

Uncommon Contexts: Encounters between Science and Literature, 1800-1914

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.

Regionalizing Science

Regionalizing Science

Placing Knowledges in Victorian England

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.

Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture

This collection of essays explores the rise of scientific medicine and its impact on Victorian popular culture. Chapters include an examination of Charles Dickens’s involvement with hospital funding, concerns over milk purity and the theatrical portrayal of drug addiction, plus a whole section devoted to the representation of medicine in crime fiction. This is an interdisciplinary study involving public health, cultural studies, the history of medicine, literature and the theatre, providing new insights into Victorian culture and society.

The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britain

The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britain

In the nineteenth century, the British Government spent money measuring the distance between the earth and the sun using observations of the transit of Venus. This book presents a narrative of the two Victorian transit programmes. It draws out their cultural significance and explores the nature of “big science” in late-Victorian Britain.

Styles of Reasoning in the British Life Sciences

Styles of Reasoning in the British Life Sciences

Shared Assumptions, 1820–1858

Elwick explores how the concept of “compound individuality” brought together life scientists working in pre-Darwinian London. Scientists conducting research in comparative anatomy, physiology, cellular microscopy, embryology and the neurosciences repeatedly stated that plants and animals were compounds of smaller independent units. Discussion of a “bodily economy” was widespread. But by 1860, the most flamboyant discussions of compound individuality had come to an end in Britain. Elwick relates the growth and decline of questions about compound individuality to wider nineteenth-century debates about research standards and causality. He uses specific technical case studies to address overarching themes of reason and scientific method.

Typhoid in Uppingham

Typhoid in Uppingham

Analysis of a Victorian Town and School in Crisis, 1875–1877

After the Public Heath Acts of 1872 and 1875, British local authorities bore statutory obligations to carry out sanitary improvements. Richardson explores public health strategy and central-local government relations during the mid-nineteenth-century, using the experience of Uppingham, England, as a micro-historical case study. Uppingham is a small (and unusually well-documented) market town which contains a boarding school. Despite legal changes enforcing sanitary reform, the town was hit three times by typhoid in 1875-1876.

Science and Societies in Frankfurt am Main

Science and Societies in Frankfurt am Main

The nineteenth century saw science move from being the preserve of a small learned elite to a dominant force which influenced society as a whole. Sakurai presents a study of how scientific societies affected the social and political life of a city. As it did not have a university or a centralized government, Frankfurt am Main is an ideal case study of how scientific associations—funded by private patronage for the good of the local populace—became an important centre for natural history.

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