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Open fields : science in cultural encounter

Author: Gillian Beer
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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Science always raises more questions than it can contain. These 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
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Beer, Gillian.
Open fields.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)742433872
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Beer
ISBN: 0198183690 9780198183693
OCLC Number: 33441420
Description: viii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Four Bodies on the Beagle: Touch, Sight, and Writing in a Darwin Letter --
2. Can the Native Return? --
3. Travelling the Other Way: Travel Narratives and Truth Claims --
4. Speaking for the Others: Relativism and Authority in Victorian Anthropological Writing --
5. Darwin and the Growth of Language Theory --
6. Forging the Missing Link: Interdisciplinary Stories --
7. Problems of Description in the Language of Discovery --
8. Translation or Transformation? The Relation of Literature and Science --
9. Parable, Professionalization, and Literary Allusion in Victorian Scientific Writing --
10. 'The Death of the Sun': Victorian Solar Physics and Solar Theory --
11. Helmholtz, Tyndall, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Leaps of the Prepared Imagination --
12. The Reader's Wager: Lots, Sorts, and Futures --
13. Wave Theory and the Rise of Literary Modernism --
14. Square Rounds and Other Awkward Fits: Chemistry as Theatre.
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