RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 291908016 LA English T1 Species, serpents, spirits, and skulls : science at the margins in the Victorian age A1 Lyons, Sherrie Lynne,, PB SUNY Press PP Albany YR 2009 SN 9781438427973 1438427972 9781438427980 1438427980 AB "Science permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet, as current debates over intelligent design, the causes of global warming, and alternative health practices indicate, the question of how to distinguish science from pseudoscience remains a difficult one. To address this question, Sherrie Lynne Lyons draws on four examples from the nineteenth century - sea serpent investigations, spiritualism, phrenology, and Darwin's theory of evolution. Each attracted the interest of prominent scientists as well as the general public, yet three remained at the edges of scientific respectability while the fourth, evolutionary theory, although initially regarded as scientific heresy, ultimately became the new scientific orthodoxy." "Taking a serious look at the science behind these examples, Lyons argues that distinguishing between science and pseudoscience, particularly in the midst of discovery, is not as easy as the popular image of science tends to suggest."--BOOK JACKET.