Defining Science

William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain

by Richard Yeo

Series: Ideas in Context (No. 27)

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  • 9780521431828
  • 9780511881923
This 1993 book deals with debates about science - its history, philosophy and moral value - in the first half of the nineteenth century, a period in which the 'modern' features of science developed. Defining Science also examines the different forms or genres in which science was discussed in the public sphere - most crucially in the Victorian review journals, but also in biographical, historical and educational works. William Whewell wrote major works on the history and philosophy of science before these became technical subjects. Consequently he had to define his own role as a metascientific critic (in a manner akin to cultural critics like Coleridge and Carlyle) as well as seeking to define science for both expert and lay audiences.

  • Cambridge University Press; August 1993
  • ISBN: 9780511881923
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  • Title: Defining Science
  • Series: Ideas in Context (No. 27)
  • Author: Richard Yeo
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521431828
  • 9780511881923

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'… a thoughtful discussion of the emergence of science as a major factor in the definition of Victorian civilisation.' Metascience

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521431828
  • 9780511881923