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Repositioning Victorian sciences: shifting centres in nineteenth-century thinking

Cliffor, David, Wadge, Elisabeth, Warwick, Alexandra and Willis, Martin, eds. 2006. Repositioning Victorian sciences: shifting centres in nineteenth-century thinking. Anthem nineteenth century studies, London: Anthem Press.

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Abstract

'Sciences' were named and formed with great speed in the nineteenth century. Yet what constitutes a 'true' science? The Victorian era facilitated the rise of practices such as phrenology and physiognomy, so-called sciences that lost their status and fell out of use rather swiftly. This collection of essays seeks to examine the marginalised sciences of the nineteenth century in an attempt to define the shifting centres of scientific thinking, specifically asking: how do some sciences emerge to occupy central ground and how do others become consigned to the margins? The essays in this collection explore the influence of nineteenth-century culture on the rise of these sciences, investigating the emergence of marginal sciences such as scriptural geology and spiritualism. 'Repositioning Victorian Sciences' is a valuable addition to our understanding of nineteenth-century science in its original context, and will also be of great interest to those studying the era as a whole.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781843312123
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:50
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/85912

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