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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.

Science and Eccentricity

Science and Eccentricity

Collecting, Writing and Performing Science for Early Nineteenth-Century Audiences

The concept of eccentricity was central to how people in the nineteenth century understood their world. This monograph is the first scholarly history of eccentricity. Carroll explores how discourses of eccentricity were established to make sense of individuals who did not seem to fit within an increasingly organized social and economic order. She focuses on the self-taught natural philosopher William Martin, the fossilist Thomas Hawkins and the taxidermist Charles Waterton.

Communities of Science in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Communities of Science in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

The nineteenth century was an important period for both the proliferation of “popular” science and for the demarcation of a group of professionals that we now term scientists. Of course for Ireland, largely in contrast to the rest of Britain, the prominence of Catholicism posed various philosophical questions regarding research.

Adelman’s study examines the practical educational impact of the growth of science in these communities, and the impact of this on the country’s economy; the role of museums and exhibitions in spreading scientific knowledge; and the role that science had to play in Ireland’s turbulent political context.

Adelman challenges historians to reassess the relationship between science and society, showing that the unique situation in Victorian Ireland can nonetheless have important implications for wider European interpretations of the development of this relationship during a period of significant change.

Be Holding

Be Holding

A Poem

A New Epic Poem from the Author of The Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude and The Book of Delights

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men

Stories

Winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, selected by Min Jin Lee

The Islands

The Islands

Six Fictions
The Volcano and After

The Volcano and After

Selected and New Poems 2002-2019
Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s passionate voice has long been acknowledged as a vital force in American poetry. From urgent spiritual quest to biting political satire, from elegy to comedy, from celebration of the city street and the world “as a paradise might be / if we had eyes to see,” to ...
Earnest, Earnest?

Earnest, Earnest?

Poems

Winner of the 2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

City of Lake and Prairie

City of Lake and Prairie

Chicago's Environmental History

The First Comprehensive Examination of Chicago’s Environmental History from Indigenous Peoples to Twenty-First Century Environmental Restoration

Krakow

Krakow

An Ecobiography

The First Environmental History of Krakow, Covering More than a Thousand Years of History

Poland 1945

Poland 1945

War and Peace

How Ordinary People in Poland Experienced the Last Months of World War II and the First Months of Peace

The Body Wars

The Body Wars

Poems
What would it take to be home in one’s body, to walk around the world as oneself, knowing the pain within and without us? Jan Beatty boldly answers that question by making a fire map of the body. These roiling poems smack into walls of meditation, only to slide ...
American Dinosaur Abroad

American Dinosaur Abroad

A Cultural History of Carnegie's Plaster Diplodocus

The Untold Story of Carnegie’s Prized Dinosaur and Its Influence on European Culture

Horsepower

Horsepower

Poems

Winner of the 2019 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry.

Germany’s Urban Frontiers

Germany’s Urban Frontiers

Nature and History on the Edge of the Nineteenth-Century City

A New Environmental History that Integrates Cultural and Urban Identity Across German Cities and Their Outskirts

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