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Cambridge Science Biographies : Thomas Huxley: Making the 'Man of Science' - Paul White

Cambridge Science Biographies

Thomas Huxley: Making the 'Man of Science'


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Dubbed 'Darwin's Bulldog' for his combative role in the Victorian controversies over evolutionary theory, Thomas Huxley has been widely regarded as the epitome of the professional scientist who emerged in the nineteenth century from the restrictions of ecclesiastical authority and aristocratic patronage. Yet from the 1850s until his death in 1895, Huxley always defined himself as a 'man of science', a moral and religious figure, not a scientist. Exploring his relationships with his wife, fellow naturalists, clergymen and men of letters, White presents a new analysis of the authority of science, literature, and religion during the Victorian period, showing how these different practices were woven into a fabric of high culture, and integrated into institutions of print, education and research. He provides a substantially different view of Huxley's role in the evolution debates, and of his relations with his scientific contemporaries, especially Richard Owen and Charles Darwin.

'... cogently argued account ... Paul White has created a sensitive and multifaceted portrait of Huxley ... A particular strength ... is the treatment of Huxley's relationships with Owen and Charles Darwin. ... One of the most consistently developed aspects of White's portrait is the depiction of Huxley as a defender of high culture ... beautifully written and persuasive account ...' British Journal of the History of Science

Science at home
Gentlemen of Science? Debates over manners and institutions
Science as culture
The worship of science
'Darkest England': Science and labor in the 1880s and 1890s
Conclusion: the end of the 'man of science'
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ISBN: 9780521640190
ISBN-10: 0521640199
Series: Cambridge Science Biographies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 9th December 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5