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Species, serpents, spirits, and skulls : science at the margins in the Victorian age

Autor: Sherrie Lynne Lyons
Editorial: Albany : SUNY Press, ©2009.
Edición/Formato:   Print book : Publicación gubernamental estatal o provincial : Inglés (eng)Ver todas las ediciones y todos los formatos
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"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,  Leer más
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Género/Forma: History
Tipo de material: Publicación gubernamental, Publicación gubernamental estatal o provincial
Tipo de documento: Libro/Texto
Todos autores / colaboradores: Sherrie Lynne Lyons
ISBN: 9781438427973 1438427972 9781438427980 1438427980
Número OCLC: 291908016
Descripción: xiv, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contenido: Introduction : an age of transition --
Swimming at the edges of scientific respectability : sea serpents, Charles Lyell, and the professionalization of geology --
Franz Gall, Johann Spurzheim, George Combe and phrenology : a science for everyone --
The crisis in faith : William Crookes and spiritualism --
Morals and materialism : Alfred Russel Wallace, spiritualism, and the problem of evolution --
Thatige skepsis : Thomas Huxley and evolutionary theory --
Negotiating the boundaries of science : an ongoing process.
Responsabilidad: Sherrie Lynne Lyons.

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"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."--Jacket.

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