How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

by Iwan Rhys Morus
How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

by Iwan Rhys Morus

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Overview

The rich and fascinating history of the scientific revolution of the Victorian Era, leading to transformative advances in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Victorians invented the idea of the future. They saw it as an undiscovered country, one ripe for exploration and colonization. And to get us there, they created a new way of ordering and transforming nature, built on grand designs and the mass-mobilization of the resources of the British Empire.

With their expert culture of accuracy and precision, they created telegraphs and telephones, electric trams and railways, built machines that could think, and devised engines that could reach for the skies. When Cyrus Field’s audacious plan to lay a telegraph cable across the Atlantic finally succeeded in 1866, it showed how science, properly disciplined, could make new worlds. As crowds flocked to the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the exhibitions its success inaugurated, they came to see the future made fact—to see the future being built before their eyes.

In this rich and absorbing book, a distinguished historian of science tells the story of how this future was made. From Charles Babbage’s dream of mechanizing mathematics to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s tunnel beneath the Thames to George’s Cayley’s fantasies of powered flight and Nikola Tesla’s visions of an electrical world, it is a story of towering personalities, clashing ambitions, furious rivalries and conflicting cultures—a rich tapestry of remarkable lives that transformed the world beyond recognition and ultimately took mankind to the Moon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639362615
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/06/2022
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 400
File size: 31 MB
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About the Author

Iwan Rhys Morus holds PhDs in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. He has spent much of his career working on the history of science during the nineteenth century, including the development of new electrical technologies, the popular culture of science, and the history of ideas about the relationship of electricity and the human body. Iran has authored or edited ten books published in Britain, and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s "In our Time” and "Great Lives.” He lives in Wales.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Inventing the Future 1

Chapter 1 Science Wars 21

Chapter 2 Practical Men 53

Chapter 3 Measure for Measure 85

Chapter 4 Showing Off 119

Chapter 5 Fuelling the Future 153

Chapter 6 Surveillance 187

Chapter 7 Calculating People 221

Chapter 8 Flying High 253

Epilogue 285

Notes 297

Index 323

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