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  • Domesticating Electricityby Graeme Gooday

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2008; US$ 34.99

    This is an innovative and original socio-cultural study of the history of electricity during the late Victorian and Edward periods. Gooday shows how technology, authority and gender interacted in pre-World War I Britain. The rapid take-up of electrical light and domestic appliances on both sides of the Atlantic had a wide-ranging effect on consumer... more...

  • Free Will and the Human Sciences in Britain, 1870-1910by Roger Smith

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    From the late nineteenth century onwards religion gave way to science as the dominant force in society. This led to a questioning of the principle of free will?if the workings of the human mind could be reduced to purely physiological explanations, then what place was there for human agency and self-improvement? Smith takes an in-depth look at the... more...

  • James Watt, Chemistby David Philip Miller

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2009; US$ 34.99

    In the Victorian era, James Watt became an iconic engineer, but in his own time he was also an influential chemist. Miller examines Watt?s illustrious engineering career in light of his parallel interest in chemistry, arguing that Watt?s conception of steam engineering relied upon chemical understandings. Part I of the book?Representations?examines... more...

  • The Age of Scientific Naturalismby Bernard Lightman; Michael S. Reidy

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Physicist John Tyndall and his contemporaries were at the forefront of developing the cosmology of scientific naturalism during the Victorian period. They rejected all but physical laws as having any impact on the operations of human life and the universe. Contributors focus on the way Tyndall and his correspondents developed their ideas through letters,... more...

  • The British Arboretumby Paul A. Elliott; Charles Watkins; Stephen Daniels

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2011; US$ 34.99

    This study explores the science and culture of nineteenth-century British arboretums, or tree collections. The development of arboretums was fostered by a variety of factors, each of which is explored in detail: global trade and exploration, the popularity of collecting, the significance to the British economy and society, developments in Enlightenment... more...

  • Communicating Physicsby Josep Simon

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2011; US$ 34.99

    WINNER OF THE MARC-AUGUSTE PICTET PRIZE, 2010 The textbooks written by Adolphe Ganot (1804?1887) played a major role in shaping the way physics was taught in the nineteenth century. Ganot's books were translated from their original French into more than ten languages, including English, allowing their adoption as standard works in Britain and spreading... more...

  • Communities of Science in Nineteenth-Century Irelandby Juliana Adelman

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2009; US$ 34.99

    The nineteenth century was an important period for both the proliferation of "popular" science and for the demarcation of a group of professionals that we now term scientists. Of course for Ireland, largely in contrast to the rest of Britain, the prominence of Catholicism posed various philosophical questions regarding research. Adelman?s study examines... more...

  • Styles of Reasoning in the British Life Sciencesby James Elwick

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2007; US$ 34.99

    Elwick explores how the concept of "compound individuality" brought together life scientists working in pre-Darwinian London. Scientists conducting research in comparative anatomy, physiology, cellular microscopy, embryology and the neurosciences repeatedly stated that plants and animals were compounds of smaller independent units. Discussion of a... more...

  • The Science of History in Victorian Britainby Ian Hesketh

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2011; US$ 34.99

    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.... more...

  • The Transit of Venus Enterprise in Victorian Britainby Jessica Ratcliff

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2008; US$ 34.99

    In the nineteenth century, the British Government spent money measuring the distance between the earth and the sun using observations of the transit of Venus. This book presents a narrative of the two Victorian transit programmes. It draws out their cultural significance and explores the nature of "big science" in late-Victorian Britain. more...