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Victorian Science in Context - Bernard Lightman

Victorian Science in Context

By: Bernard Lightman (Editor)

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Published: 1st January 1997
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Victorians were fascinated by the flood of strange new worlds that science was opening to them. Exotic plants and animals poured into London from all corners of the Empire, while revolutionary theories such as the radical idea that humans might be descended from apes drew crowds to heated debates. Men and women of all social classes avidly collected scientific specimens for display in their homes and devoured literature about science and its practitioners.
"Victorian Science in Context" captures the essence of this fascination, charting the many ways in which science influenced and was influenced by the larger Victorian culture. Contributions from leading scholars in history, literature, and the history of science explore questions such as: What did science mean to the Victorians? For whom was Victorian science written? What ideological messages did it convey? The contributors show how practical concerns interacted with contextual issues to mold Victorian science--which in turn shaped much of the relationship between modern science and culture.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Defining Knowledge: An Introduction
The Construction of Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in the Early Victorian Life Sciences
The Probable and the Possible in Early Victorian England
Victorian Economics and the Science of Mind
Biology and Politics: Defining the Boundaries
Redrawing the Boundaries: Darwinian Science and Victorian Women Intellectuals
Satire and Science in Victorian Culture
Ordering Nature: Revisioning Victorian Science Culture
"The Voices of Nature": Popularizing Victorian Science
Science and the Secularization of Victorian Images of Race
Elegant Recreations? Configuring Science Writing for Women Ann B. Shteir
Strange New Worlds of Space and Time: Late Victorian Science and Science Fiction
Practicing Science: An Introduction
Wallace's Malthusian Moment: The Common Context Revisited
Doing Science in a Global Empire: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in Victorian Britain
Zoological Nomenclature and the Empire of Victorian Science
Remains of the Day: Early Victorians in the Field
Photography as Witness, Detective, and Impostor: Visual Representation in Victorian Science
Instrumentation and Interpretation: Managing and Representing the Working Environments of Victorian Experimental Science
Metrology, Metrication, and Victorian Values Simon Schaffer Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9780226481128
ISBN-10: 0226481123
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2