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Title Victorian science in context [electronic resource] / edited by Bernard Lightman.

Imprint Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 1997.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 489 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Defining knowledge: an introduction / George Levine -- The construction of orthodoxies and heterodoxies in the early Victorian life sciences / Alison Winter -- The probable and the possible in early Victorian England / Joan L. Richards -- Victorian economics and the science of mind / Margaret Schabas -- Biology and politics: defining the boundaries / Martin Fichman -- Redrawing the boundaries: Darwinian science and Victorian women intellectuals / Evelleen Richards -- Satire and science in Victorian culture / James G. Paradis -- Ordering nature: revisioning Victorian science culture / Barbara T. Gates -- 'The voices of nature': popularizing Victorian science / Bernard Lightman -- Science and the secularization of Victorian images of race / Douglas A. Lorimer -- Elegant recreations? Configuring science writing for women / Ann B. Shteir -- Strange new worlds of space and time: late Victorian science and science fiction / Paul Fayter -- Practicing science: an introduction / Frank M. Turner -- Wallace's Malthusian moment: the common context revisited / James Moore -- Doing science in a global empire: cable telegraphy and electrical physics in Victorian Britain / Bruce J. Hunt -- Zoological nomenclature and the empire of Victorian science / Harriet Ritvo -- Remains of the day: early Victorians in the field / Jane Camerini -- Photography as witness, detective, and impostor: visual representation in Victorian science / Jennifer Tucker -- Instrumentation and interpretation: managing and representing the working environments of Victorian experimental science / Graeme J.N. Gooday -- Metrology, metrication, and Victorian values / Simon Schaffer.
Summary 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 idea that humans might be descended from apes drew crowds to heated debates. 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. 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 the practical side of science, such as the choice of particular instruments an the manner of measurement, indeed the entire laboratory setup, interacted with the social and cultural context to mold Victorian science.
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Subject Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Chronological Term 1800 - 1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books -- History.
Electronic books -- History.
Added Author Lightman, Bernard V., 1950-
Other Form: Print version: Victorian science in context. Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 1997 0226481115 (DLC) 97020789 (OCoLC)36865757
ISBN 9780226481104 (electronic bk.)
0226481107 (electronic bk.)