Victorian Scientist: The Growth of a Profession

Victorian Scientist: The Growth of a Profession

by Jack Meadows
     
 

ISBN-10: 0712308946

ISBN-13: 9780712308946

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: British Library, The

At the start of the nineteenth century, science was a minority cultural interest. By the end it had become one of the central components of contemporary thought. The growth of science as a profession began taking shape in the Victorian period and was due to the influence of just a small group of men. Who these men were and how they created the foundations of the

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At the start of the nineteenth century, science was a minority cultural interest. By the end it had become one of the central components of contemporary thought. The growth of science as a profession began taking shape in the Victorian period and was due to the influence of just a small group of men. Who these men were and how they created the foundations of the modern scientific community we recognize today is revealed, in this thought-provoking book by Jack Meadows, through the individual experiences of figures such as Darwin, Huxley, and Faraday, as well as lesser-known scientists of the time.

Set against the backdrop of a changing world of improved communication and travel, Meadows uncovers how these scientists fought against the limitations of an education in the classics and strove to develop their scientific interests into a profession. The Victorian Scientist tracks the growth of laboratories and research groups, and the importance that new scientific societies, journals, and lectures played in making Victorian science an essential stage in the evolution of scientific communication today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712308946
Publisher:
British Library, The
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
British Library - English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 Ser.
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1School and home11
2Higher education31
3Training and research52
4Scientific links and communication73
5Speaking and writing97
6Scientists in society117
7Scientists abroad145
8Looking backwards166

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