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  • 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...

  • Adolphe Quetelet, Social Physics and the Average Men of Science, 1796-1874by Kevin Donnelly

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Adolphe Quetelet was an influential astronomer and statistician whose controversial work inspired heated debate in European and American intellectual circles. In creating a science designed to explain the ?average man,? he helped contribute to the idea of normal, most enduringly in his creation of the Quetelet Index, which came to be known as the... 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...

  • Victorian Literature and the Physics of the Imponderableby Sarah C. Alexander

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    The Victorians are known for their commitment to materialism, evidenced by the dominance of empiricism in the sciences and realism in fiction. Yet there were other strains of thinking during the period in the physical sciences, social sciences, and literature that privileged the spaces between the material and immaterial. This book examines... more...

  • Victorian Medicine and Popular Cultureby Louise Penner; Tabitha Sparks

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 45.00

    This collection of essays explores the rise of scientific medicine and its impact on Victorian popular culture. Chapters include an examination of Charles Dickens?s involvement with hospital funding, concerns about milk purity, and the theatrical portrayal of drug addiction, plus a whole section devoted to the representation of medicine in crime fiction.... more...

  • Vision, Science and Literature, 1870-1920by Martin Willis

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2011; US$ 34.99

    This book explores the role of vision and the culture of observation in Victorian and modernist ways of seeing. Willis charts the characterization of vision through four organizing principles?small, large, past and future?to survey Victorian conceptions of what vision was. He then explores how this Victorian vision influenced twentieth-century ways... more...

  • Natural History Societies and Civic Culture in Victorian Scotlandby Diarmid A. Finnegan

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2009; US$ 34.99

    The relationship between science and civil society is essential to our understanding of cultural change during the Victorian era. Science was frequently packaged as an appropriate form of civic culture, inculcating virtues necessary for civic progress. In turn, civic culture was presented as an appropriate context for enabling and supporting scientific... more...