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Bernard Lightman

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1 Oct 1997
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.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (1 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226481123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226481128
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bernard Lightman is professor of humanities at York University, Toronto, editor of the journal Isis, editor of Victorian Science in Context, and coeditor of Science in the Marketplace, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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