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This 1769 work brings together published and unpublished letters both from and to Benjamin Franklin, which demonstrate the range of his interests. The letters show a lively transatlantic group of scientific friends and colleagues describing their experiments, interpreting each others' results, and theorizing on all aspects of the natural world.
Continuous innovation in imaging techniques have been essential for discovering galaxies and revealing unexpected properties of the universe. By highlighting the discovery-role of images and that of their most spectacular displays - atlases of galaxies - this book places the exploration of galaxies within broader contexts in the history of...
By Andy Dougan
Presents the story of the science of galvanism - named after the Italian scientist Luigi Galvini who had conducted the original experiments - a movement that investigated the theory of 'animal electricity', a unifying vital spirit that animates us all, its leaders believing that they stood on the brink of...
Feeling Pleasures argues that the sense of touch assumed a new and unique importance in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and that the work of major poets of the period, including Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and John Milton, should be read alongside these developing ideas.
Galileo never set foot on the Iberian Peninsula, yet, as Enrique Garc a Santo-Tom s unfolds in The Refracted Muse, the news of his work with telescopes brought him to surprising prominence--not just among Spaniards working in the developing science of optometry but among creative writers as well. While Spain...
By John Waller
John Waller describes the changing ideas concerning heredity from antiquity to the modern biological understanding, considering both the efforts over the centuries to identify the physiological mechanisms involved and how views of heredity have been used to justify or condemn inequalities of class, gender, and race.
From Madman to Crime Fighter is the most comprehensive study of the image of the scientist in Western literature and film.
Will Abberley explores how Victorian fiction and science imagined the evolution of language, providing a new, historical angle on current debates about language evolution and the language of science. Abberley offers fresh perspectives on authors including Thomas Hardy and H. G. Wells, and genres including utopian, historical and science fiction.