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    From the 'New Werther' to numbers and arguments: Karl Pearson's eugenics

    Burdett, Carolyn (2002) From the 'New Werther' to numbers and arguments: Karl Pearson's eugenics. In: Luckhurst, Roger and McDonagh, J. (eds.) Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, pp. 204-231. ISBN 9780719059117.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Transactions and Encounters brings together essays by leading scholars exploring the complex interface of culture and science in the Victorian era. Long before the so-called 'two-cultures' conflict, Victorians encountered science in unpredictable ways, being surprised and enchanted as much as threatened by emerging technologies or the claims of newly professional scientists. Transactions and Encounters examines a diverse range of such moments: the popular craze for microscopes; the uncanny possibilities of the telephone; the jostling for authority between literature and science, with scenes by and including Dickens and Lewes, Huxley and Gosse; the weird imaginary around androgynous barnacles; and the competing versions of a mind-reading act. These essays combine to produce an invigorating and involving attempt to re-cast understandings of nineteenth-century encounters between the cultural and scientific spheres.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Research Centre: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 09:14
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:18
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110

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