The Genius of Erasmus Darwin

The Genius of Erasmus Darwin

by C. U. M. Smith, Robert Arnott
     
 

The Genius of Erasmus Darwin provides insight into the full extent of Erasmus Darwin's exceptional intellect. He is shown to be a major creative thinker and innovator, one of the minds behind the late eighteenth-century industrial revolution, and one of the first, if not the first, to perceive the living world (including humans) as part of a unified evolutionary… See more details below

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The Genius of Erasmus Darwin provides insight into the full extent of Erasmus Darwin's exceptional intellect. He is shown to be a major creative thinker and innovator, one of the minds behind the late eighteenth-century industrial revolution, and one of the first, if not the first, to perceive the living world (including humans) as part of a unified evolutionary scenario. The contributions here provide contextual understandings of Erasmus Darwin's thought, as well as studies of particular works and accounts of the later reception of his writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754636717
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Series:
Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945 Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Setting the scene5
3Prologue : catching up with Erasmus Darwin in the new century13
4Physicians and physic in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Lichfield35
5Dr. Erasmus Darwin MD FRS (1731-1802) : England's greatest physician?47
6William Paley (1743-1805) and James Parkinson (1755-1824) : two peri-Erasmatic thinkers (and several others)63
7The vertiginous philosophers : Erasmus Darwin and William Charles Wells on vertigo83
8The Antipodes and Erasmus Darwin : the place of Erasmus Darwin in the heritage of Australian literature and biology103
9Erasmus Darwin on human reproductive generation : placing heredity within historical and Zoonomian contexts113
10All from fibres : Erasmus Darwin's evolutionary psychobiology133
11Two special doctors : Erasmus Darwin and Luigi Galvani145
12But what about the women? : the Lunar Society's attitude to women and science, and to the education of girls163
13The Derbyshire 'Darwinians' : the persistence of Erasmus Darwin's influence on a British provincial literary and scientific community, c. 1780-1850179
14Designing better steering for carriages (and cars); with a glance at other inventions197
15Mama and papa : the ancestors of modern-day speech science217
16Negative and positive images : Erasmus Darwin, Tom Wedgwood and the origins of photography237
17Erasmus Darwin's contributions to the geological sciences259
18The air man273
19Erasmus Darwin, work and health289
20The progress of society? : Darwin's early drafts for The temple of nature307
21The poet as pathologist : myth and medicine in Erasmus Darwin's epic poetry321
22'Another and the same' : nature and human beings in Erasmus Darwin's doctrines of love and imagination337
23Epilogue : 'one great slaughter-house the warring world' : living in revolutionary times357
24Coda : midlands memorabilia365
AppThe creation of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation and Erasmus Darwin House373

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