The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century)

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9781848934634: The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and His Contemporaries (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century)

The essays in this volume focus on the way Victorian Physicist John Tyndall and his correspondents developed their ideas through letters, periodicals and journals and challenge assumptions about who gained authority, and how they attained and defended their position within the scientific community.

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Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University, where his research and teaching focuses on European intellectual history, nineteenth-century British history and the history of modern science. He is the series editor for Pickering & Chatto's series Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century and is the editor of Pickering & Chatto's multi-volume collections, Victorian Science and Literature (2011, 2012) and The Correspondence of John Tyndall (forthcoming).


"An important and timely volume, providing significant insight into the conflicts and agreements within nineteenth-century science. All the chapters make useful contributions, while two or three should become staples on future reading lists."
—Journal of Historical Geography

"This rich collection of essays concentrates on underexplored aspects of the development of scientific naturalism in the nineteenth century . . . an excellent book, and one can confidently expect that the arguments played out in this volume will continue to be replayed in changing social, political and religious settings."
—British Journal for the History of Science

"Adds significantly to the ways in which Tyndall's life and work can be viewed within the history of science."
—The Dispersal of Darwin

"Catalyzed by the transcription labor of some 6,000 letters to and from Tyndall, the scholars involved are building a richer sense of an eloquent, assertive individual important to the Victorian scientific elite, and one whose ability to provoke debate over matters of authority and faith gave him a place in the wider culture as well."

"Provides a striking view of various scientific naturalists and their interactions with opponents."

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