Science in Cultural Encounter
By (author) Gillian Beer
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Open Fields by Gillian Beer
Book DescriptionScience always raises more questions than it can contain. These acclaimed and challenging essays explore how ideas are transformed as they come under the stress of unforeseen readers. Using a wealth of material from diverse nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing, Gillian Beer tracks encounters between science, literature, and other forms of emotional experience. Her analysis discloses issues of chance, gender, nation, and desire. A substantial group of essays centres on Darwin and the incentives of his thinking from language theory to his encounters with Fuegians. Other essays include Hardy, Helmholtz, Hopkins, Clerk Maxwell, and Woolf. The collection throws a different light on Victorian experience and the rise of modernism, and engages with current controversies about the place of science in culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198186359
(216mm x 139mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gillian Beer
Persuasion, Hardback (November 2011)
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank.
Darwin's Plots, Paperback (May 2009)
This book is the third edition of the classic study, featuring a new essay and an updated bibliography.
On the Origin of Species, Paperback (November 2008)» View all books by Gillian Beer
In the Origin of Species (1859) Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. The present edition provides a detailed discussion of his theories and adds an account of the responses of readers to the book on first publication. These cast light on recent controversies, such as questions of design and descent.
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