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Vision of Modern Science (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology)by Ursula Deyoung
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Ursula DeYoung examines a pivotal moment in the history of science through the career and cultural impact of the Victorian physicist John Tyndall, one of the leading figures of his time and a participant in many highly publicized debates that extended well beyond the purely scientific realm. This book argues that as a researcher, public lecturer, and scientific popularizer, Tyndall had a sizable impact on the establishment of the scientist as an authoritative figure in British culture. As a promoter of science in education and one of the foremost advocates of freeing scientific study from the restraints of theology, Tyndall was both a celebrated and a notorious figure, who influenced areas of Victorian society from governmental policy to educational reform to the debates over Darwins theory of natural selection. In contextualizing Tyndalls varying fields of research and involvement, DeYoung explores many different aspects of nineteenth-century culture, including the development of public science, the role of popular media, and the growth of university research. It engages with the latest scholarship on Victorian culture and the history of science while at the same time exploring the reasons for Tyndalls heretofore neglected reputation. This book establishes John Tyndall as an important and influential figure of the Victorian period whose scientific discoveries and philosophy of science in society are still relevant today.
British physicist John Tyndall dedicated much of his career to establishing the scientist as a cultural authority. His campaign to free science from the restraints of theology caused a national uproar, and in his popular books and lectures he promoted scientific education for all classes. Though he was often labeled a materialist, religion played a large role in Tyndalls vision of science, which drew on Carlyle and Emerson as well as his mentor Michael Faraday. Tyndalls ideas influenced the development of modern science, and in his efforts to create an authoritative role for scientists in society, he played a pivotal role in Victorian history.
About the Author
Ursula DeYoung received her doctorate from Oxford University. She has taught at Oxford and Harvard.
Table of Contents
Tyndalls Work as a Scientist: Practice and Reception * Tyndalls Philosophy of Science and Nature: The Influences of Carlyle, Emerson, Goethe and Faraday * Tyndall and Theology: The Definition and Boundaries of Science * Tyndall as Reformer: The Place of Science in Education * Science After Tyndall: The Growth of University Laboratories * Conclusion: Scientists in British Culture, 1870-1900
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