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Open Fields
By Gillian Beer

Open Fields

Science in Cultural Encounter

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Open Fields by Gillian Beer

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Science 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 Details

ISBN: 9780198186359
ISBN-10: 0198186355
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 139mm x 19mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Darwin's Plots by Gillian Beer Darwin's Plots, Hardback (May 2009)

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On the Origin of Species by Gillian Beer On the Origin of Species, Paperback (November 2008)

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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