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Literature and science in the nineteenth century : an anthology / edited with an introduction and notes by Laura Otis.

Otis, Laura, 1961- (Added Author).
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Subject: English literature > 19th century.
Science > Literary collections.
American literature > 19th century.
Science > History > 19th century > Sources.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780191587702
  • ISBN: 0191587702
  • ISBN: 1280680148
  • ISBN: 9781280680144
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xlii, 575 pages).
  • Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Oxford University Press, 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages xxix-xxxviii).
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue: Literature and science -- Mathematics, physical science, and technology. Mathematics -- Physical science -- Telecommunications -- Bodies and machines -- Sciences of the body. Animal electricity -- Cells and tissues and their relation to the body -- Hygiene, germ theory, and infectious diseases -- Experimental medicine and vivisection -- Evolution. The present and the past -- The individual and the species -- Sexual selection -- Sciences of the mind. The relationship between mind and body -- Physiognomy and phrenology -- Mesmerism and magnetism -- Dreams and the unconscious -- Nervous exhaustion -- Social sciences. Creating the social sciences -- Race science -- Urban poverty -- Degeneration -- Epilogue: Science and literature.
Summary: This anthology brings together a generous selection of scientific and literary material to explore the exchanges and interactions between them. It shows how scientists and creative writers alike fed from a common imagination in their language, style, metaphors and imagery. It includes writing by Michael Faraday, Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Hardy, Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and many others. - ;'It has been said by its opponents that science divorces itself from literature; but the statement, like so many others, arises from lack of knowledge.' John Ty.
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