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The poetry of Victorian scientists : style, science and nonsense

Author: Daniel Brown
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 83.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A surprising number of Victorian scientists wrote poetry. Many came to science as children through such games as the spinning-top, soap-bubbles and mathematical puzzles, and this playfulness carried through to both their professional work and writing of lyrical and satirical verse. This is the first study of an oddly neglected body of work that offers a unique record of the nature and cultures of Victorian science.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Brown
ISBN: 9781107023376 1107023378
OCLC Number: 794323716
Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Professionals and amateurs, work and play : William Rowan Hamilton, Edward Lear and James Clerk Maxwell --
2. Edinburgh natural philosophy and Cambridge mathematics --
3. Knowing more than you think : James Clerk Maxwell on puns, analogies and dreams --
4. Red lions : Edward Forbes and James Clerk Maxwell --
5. Popular science lectures : "a Tyndallic ode" --
6. John Tyndall and "the scientific use of the imagination" --
7. "Molecular evolution" : Maxwell, Tyndall and Lucretius --
8. James Joseph Sylvester : the romance of space --
9. James Joseph Sylvester : the calculus of forms --
10. Science on Parnassus.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 83.
Responsibility: Daniel Brown.
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