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  • Science and Eccentricityby Victoria Carroll

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2008; US$ 34.99

    The concept of eccentricity was central to how people in the nineteenth century understood their world. This monograph is the first scholarly history of eccentricity. Carroll explores how discourses of eccentricity were established to make sense of individuals who did not seem to fit within an increasingly organized social and economic order. She... more...

  • Science and Societies in Frankfurt am Mainby Ayako Sakurai

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    The nineteenth century saw science move from being the preserve of a small learned elite to a dominant force which influenced society as a whole. Sakurai presents a study of how scientific societies affected the social and political life of a city. As it did not have a university or a centralized government, Frankfurt am Main is an ideal case study... more...

  • The Making of British Anthropology, 1813-1871by Efram Sera-Shriar

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    Victorian anthropology has been derided as an "armchair practice," distinct from the scientific discipline of the twentieth century. But the observational practices that characterized the study of human diversity developed from the established sciences of natural history, geography and medicine. Sera-Shriar argues that anthropology at this time went... more...

  • The Making of Modern Anthrax, 1875-1920by James F. Stark

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    From the mid-nineteenth century onwards a number of previously unknown conditions were recorded in both animals and humans. Known by a variety of names, and found in diverse locations, by the end of the century these diseases were united under the banner of "anthrax." Stark offers a fresh perspective on the history of infectious disease. He examines... more...

  • The Medical Trade Catalogue in Britain, 1870-1914by Claire L. Jones

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    By the late nineteenth century, advances in medical knowledge, technology and pharmaceuticals led to the development of a thriving commercial industry. The medical trade catalogue became one of the most important means of promoting the latest tools and techniques to practitioners. Drawing on over 400 catalogues produced between 1870 and 1914, Jones... more...

  • Astronomy in India, 1784-1876by Joydeep Sen

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Indian scientific achievements in the early twentieth century are well known, with a number of heralded individuals making globally recognized strides in the field of astrophysics. Covering the period from the foundation of the Asiatick Society in 1784 to the establishment of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 1876, Sen explores... more...

  • Brewing Science, Technology and Print, 1700-1880by James Sumner

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 34.99

    How did the brewing of beer become a scientific process? Sumner explores this question by charting the theory and practice of the trade in Britain and Ireland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From an oral culture derived from home-based skills, brewing industrialized rapidly and developed an extensive trade literature, based increasingly... more...

  • 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...