Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology


Although we are used to thinking of science and the humanities as separate disciplines, in the nineteenth century this division was not recognized. As the scientist John Tyndall pointed out, not only were science and literature both striving to better "man's estate", they shared a common language and cultural heritage. The quest for "origins", the nature of the relationship between society and the individual, and what it meant to be human were subjects that occupied both the ...
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Although we are used to thinking of science and the humanities as separate disciplines, in the nineteenth century this division was not recognized. As the scientist John Tyndall pointed out, not only were science and literature both striving to better "man's estate", they shared a common language and cultural heritage. The quest for "origins", the nature of the relationship between society and the individual, and what it meant to be human were subjects that occupied both the writing of scientists and novelists.

This anthology brings together a generous selection of scientific and literary material to explore the exchanges and interactions between them. Fed by a common imagination, scientists and creative writers alike used stories, imagery, style, and structure to convey their meaning, and to produce works of enduring power. It includes writing by Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin, Sir Humphry Davy, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Thomas Malthus, Louis Pasteur, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Mark Twain and many others. Also included are introductions and notes to guide the reader.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199554652
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 897,371
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Otis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her interdisciplinary studies of the nervous system, and is currently working at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

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Table of Contents

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Sonnet - To Science (1829) 3
The Belfast Address (1874) 3
From Science and Culture (1880) 4
Literature and Science (1882) 6
Sketch of the Analytical Engine (1843) 15
From Formal Logic (1847) 19
From An Investigation of the Laws of Thought (1854) 24
From The Logic of Chance (1866) 27
From Through the Looking-Glass (1871) 29
From The Game of Logic (1886) 32
From Daniel Deronda (1876) 35
From The Time Machine (1895) 40
From On the Power of Penetrating into Space by Telescopes (1800) 43
From Past and Present (1843) 47
From Outlines of Astronomy (1849) 51
From Experimental Researches in Electricity (1839-55) (1852) 55
On the Age of the Sun's Heat (1862) 60
On Chemical Rays, and the Light of the Sky (1869) 63
On the Scientific Use of the Imagination (1870) 68
From Theory of Heat (1871) 70
To the Chief Musician upon Nabla: A Tyndallic Ode (1874) 74
Professor Tait, Loquitur (1877) 76
Answer to Tait 77
To Hermann Stoffkraft (1878) 78
The Sorting Demon of Maxwell (1879) 79
From Two on a Tower (1882) 81
The Photographic Eyes of Science (1883) 84
On a New Kind of Rays (1895) 88
Letter to Hon. Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the US Treasury, 27 September 1837 91
The Telephone from Westminster Review (1878) 95
Mental Telegraphy (1891) 99
The Deep-Sea Cables (1896) 104
In the Cage (1898) 104
From On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (1832) 109
From Dombey and Son (1847-8) 116
On the Conservation of Force (1847) 121
From Erewhon (1872) 124
To a Locomotive in Winter (1876) 128
From De Viribus Electricitatis (1791) 135
From Discourse, Introductory to a Course of Lectures on Chemistry (1802) 140
From Frankenstein (1818) 144
I Sing the Body Electric [1855] (1867) 148
From General Anatomy (1801) 150
From Cellular Pathology (1858) 152
From Middlemarch (1871-2) 153
From The Physical Basis of Mind (1877) 161
From The Last Man (1826) 163
An Inquiry into the Sanitary Condition of the Labouring Population of Great Britain (1842) 167
The Mask of the Red Death (1842) 171
The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever (1843) 177
On the Organized Bodies Which Exist in the Atmosphere (1861) 181
Illustrations of the Antiseptic System (1867) 187
Dr. Koch on the Cholera (1884) 191
The Stolen Bacillus (1895) 197
From An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine (1865) 203
Vivisection: Its Pains and Its Uses (1881) 209
Vivisection and Its Two-Faced Advocates (1882) 215
From Heart and Science (1883) 220
From The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) 229
From Zoological Philosophy (1809) 240
From Principles of Geology (1830-3) 246
From Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences (1840) 252
From The Princess (1847) 255
From The Origin of Species (1859) 258
From The Mill on the Floss (1860) 267
On the Physical Basis of Life (1869) 273
From The Story of an African Farm (1883) 276
From Mental Evolution in Man (1888) 279
From In Memoriam, LIII-LV, CXVIII (1850) 283
From Principles of Biology (1864-7) 285
Hap (1866) 289
From A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) 290
From The Evolution of Man (1874) 293
From Unconscious Memory (1880) 297
Evolution (1880) 299
To Nature 299
From Essays on Heredity (1881-5) 300
Lay of the Trilobite (1885) 303
Nature is a Heraclitean Fire (1888) 305
From Pride and Prejudice (1813) 306
From The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871) 308
From She (1887) 312
Natural Selection (1887) 317
From Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) 318
From Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1822) 331
On the Reflex Function (1833) 334
From A Treatise on Insanity (1835) 337
The Birthmark (1846) 341
From Bartleby the Scrivener (1856) 346
From Mind and Brain (1860) 349
From Lady Audley's Secret (1862) 353
The Case of George Dedlow (1866) 358
From Body and Mind (1870) 364
From Principles of Mental Physiology (1874) 369
From Principles of Psychology (1890) 373
From Elements of Phrenology (1824) 377
From Phrenology in Connection with the Study of Physiognomy (1826) 382
From Jane Eyre (1847) 386
From The Lifted Veil (1859) 389
From Facts in Mesmerism (1840) 391
From Surgical Operations without Pain in the Mesmeric State (1843) 396
Mesmeric Revelation (1844) 401
From Letters on Mesmerism (1845) 406
From Mesmerism in India (1847) 410
Mesmerism (1855) 415
From The Moonstone (1868) 419
When Thou Sleepest (1837) 422
Unconscious Cerebration: A Psychological Study (1871) 424
From The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) 428
Address to the German Chemical Society (1890) 431
From Elsie Venner (1861) 433
From Wear and Tear, or Hints for the Overworked (1872) 436
The Yellow Wall-Paper (1892) 438
From Panopticon (1791) 449
From Manual of Political Economy (1793) 452
From An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) 453
From A Dictionary, Practical, Theoretical, and Historical of Commerce and Commercial Navigation (1832) 456
From Bleak House (1852-3) 458
From Positive Philosophy (1853) 464
From Hard Times (1854) 466
From Utilitarianism (1861) 469
From Jude the Obscure (1895) 472
From The Races of Men (1850) 475
From Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development (1883) 478
The Yellow Face (1894) 483
From The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845) 488
From London Labour and the London Poor (1851) 493
From North and South (1855) 496
East London (1867) 501
West London 502
Autobiography of a Thief in Thieves' Language (1879) 502
From Mrs. Warren's Profession (1898) 506
From East London (1899) 511
From The Criminal Man (1876) 516
From The Nether World (1889) 519
From The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) 521
From Degeneration (1892) 525
From The Heavenly Twins (1893) 530
From Dracula (1897) 535
Prose and Verse (1857) 538
Explanatory Notes 541
Publisher's Acknowledgements 576
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