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The Science Of History In Victorian Britain

Author : Ian Hesketh
ISBN : 9780822981848
Genre : Science
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New attitudes towards history in nineteenth-century Britain saw a rejection of romantic, literary techniques in favour of a professionalized, scientific methodology. The development of history as a scientific discipline was undertaken by several key historians of the Victorian period, influenced by German scientific history and British natural philosophy. This study examines parallels between the professionalization of both history and science at the time, which have previously been overlooked. Hesketh challenges accepted notions of a single scientific approach to history. Instead, he draws on a variety of sources—monographs, lectures, correspondence—from eminent Victorian historians to uncover numerous competing discourses.
Category: Science

The Chemistry Department At Imperial College London

Author : Hannah Gay
ISBN : 9781783269754
Genre : Science
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This is the first comprehensive history of the chemistry department at Imperial College London. Based on archival records, oral testimony, published papers, published and unpublished memoirs, the book tells the story of this world-famous department from its foundation as the Royal College of Chemistry in 1845 to the large department it had become by the year 2000. The book covers research, teaching, departmental governance, students and social life. It also highlights the extraordinary contributions made to the war effort in both the first and second world wars. From its first professors, A. Wilhelm Hofmann and Edward Frankland, the department has been home to many eminent chemists, including, in the later twentieth century, the Nobel laureates Derek Barton and Geoffrey Wilkinson. New information on these and many others is presented in a lively narrative that places both people and events in the larger historical contexts of chemistry, politics, culture and the economy. The book will interest not only those connected with Imperial College, but anyone interested in chemistry and its history, or in higher
Category: Science

Nineteenth Century English

Author : Richard W. Bailey
ISBN : 0472085409
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Traces the transformation of the English language through the nineteenth-century economic and cultural landscape.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Aging In Nineteenth Century Culture

Author : Anne-Julia Zwierlein
ISBN : 9781136669026
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This essay collection develops new perspectives on constructions of old age in literary, legal, scientific and periodical cultures of the nineteenth century. Rigorously interdisciplinary, the book places leading researchers of old age in nineteenth-century literature in dialogue with experts from the fields of cultural, legal and social history. It revisits the origins of many modern debates about aging in the nineteenth century – a period that saw the emergence of cultural and scientific frameworks for the understanding of old age that continue to be influential today. The contributors provide fresh readings of canonical texts by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, Henry James and others. The volume builds momentum in the burgeoning field of aging studies. It argues that the study of old age in the nineteenth century has entered a new and distinctly interdisciplinary phase that is characterized by a set of research interests that are currently shared across a range of disciplines and that explore conceptions of old age in the nineteenth century by privileging, respectively, questions of agency, of place, of gender and sexuality, and of narrative and aesthetic form.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Two Cultures

Author : C. P. Snow
ISBN : 9781107606142
Genre : Philosophy
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The importance of science and technology and future of education and research are just some of the subjects discussed here.
Category: Philosophy

The War Of The Worlds

Author : Herbert George Wells
ISBN : UVA:X002641175
Genre : Science fiction
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H.G. Wells's hugely influential book tracks the exploits of a writer who struggles to survive an alien invasion of Victorian England. After seeing the monstrous Martians firsthand, the narrator attempts to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes increasingly pessimistic about any chance of survival. The novel stands as a major milestone in science-fiction literature, inspiring legions of subsequent writers and an endless array of hostile-alien scenarios.
Category: Science fiction

When Old Technologies Were New

Author : Carolyn Marvin
ISBN : 0198021380
Genre : Social Science
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In the history of electronic communication, the last quarter of the nineteenth century holds a special place, for it was during this period that the telephone, phonograph, electric light, wireless, and cinema were all invented. In When old Technologies Were New, Carolyn Marvin explores how two of these new inventions--the telephone and the electric light--were publicly envisioned at the end of the nineteenth century, as seen in specialized engineering journals and popular media. Marvin pays particular attention to the telephone, describing how it disrupted established social relations, unsettling customary ways of dividing the private person and family from the more public setting of the community. On the lighter side, she describes how people spoke louder when calling long distance, and how they worried about catching contagious diseases over the phone. A particularly powerful chapter deals with telephonic precursors of radio broadcasting--the "Telephone Herald" in New York and the "Telefon Hirmondo" of Hungary--and the conflict between the technological development of broadcasting and the attempt to impose a homogenous, ethnocentric variant of Anglo-Saxon culture on the public. While focusing on the way professionals in the electronics field tried to control the new media, Marvin also illuminates the broader social impact, presenting a wide-ranging, informative, and entertaining account of the early years of electronic media.
Category: Social Science

Sketches By Boz

Author : Charles Dickens
ISBN : 0243216696
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Excerpt from Sketches by Boz: Illustrative of Every-Day Life and Every-Day People The first bit of original writing by Dickens which found its way into print was the sketch in this volume entitled Mr. Minns and his Cousin. In its first form as A Dinner at Poplars Walk it was contributed to The Monthly Magazine, where it appeared in December, 1833. Dickens was twenty one years old at the time, and a newspaper reporter, but he had from early boyhood been observant of his destiny, and in the offering and publication of this Sketch he enjoyed the familiar experience of the author conscious of his purpose, but heightening the effect of that consciousness when his memory was called on to reproduce the moment when he knocked at the door of Fate. He dropped his manuscript stealthily one evening into a dark letter-box in a dark Office up a dark court in Fleet Street, and when he had bought the number of the magazine containing it, walked down to Westminster Hall, he says, and turned into it for half an hour because my eyes were so dimmed with joy and pride that they could not bear the street, and were not fit to be seen there. One could wish, for the point it would make, that the happy young author on the threshold of his great career had turned aside into the cool retreat of Westminster Abbey, by that little postern door, through which so many have gone to look at his grave. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Cultural Meaning Of Popular Science

Author : Roger Cooter
ISBN : 0521227437
Genre : Medical
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This study concentrates on the social and ideological functions of science during the consolidation of urban industrial society.
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Learned Patriots

Author : M. Alper Yalçinkaya
ISBN : 9780226184203
Genre : History
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Like many other states, the 19th century was a period of coming to grips with the growing domination of the world by the 'Great Powers' for the Ottoman Empire. Many Muslim Ottoman elites attributed European 'ascendance' to the new sciences that had developed in Europe, and a long and multi-dimensional debate on the nature, benefits, and potential dangers of science ensued. This analysis of this debate is not based on assumptions characteristic of studies on modernisation and Westernisation, arguing that for Muslim Ottomans the debate on science was in essence a debate on the representatives of science.
Category: History