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Fact and feeling : Baconian science and the nineteenth-century literary imagination, Jonathan Smith

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Fact and feeling : Baconian science and the nineteenth-century literary imagination
Title
Fact and feeling
Title remainder
Baconian science and the nineteenth-century literary imagination
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Jonathan Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Counter In his famous lecture on "The Two Cultures," C.P. Snow argued that the modern intellectual gulf between writers and artists on the one hand, scientists and engineers on the other, had its roots in the nineteenth century. Jonathan Smith challenges that view by examining the cultural debate about scientific method in nineteenth-century Britain
  • Focusing on the status of Francis Bacon and his inductive methodology, Smith shows that literary figures were involved, both directly and indirectly, in the effort to construct a methodology that would serve both science and literature by bringing together fact and feeling, reason and imagination. Smith opens with a historical overview of the debate that includes such figures as_ Samuel Coleridge, John Herschel, William Whewell, J.S. Mill, Thomas Macaulay, G.H. Lewes, John Tyndall, Stanley Jevons, and Karl Pearson. Then, in a series of chapters that spans the century, Smith examines the various and complex ways in which a wide range of writers reacted to and participated in this Baconian debate. From the prose of Wordsworth and Coleridge to the fantasy of Edwin Abbott's Flatland and the detective fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle, from the travel narrative of Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle to the art criticism of John Ruskin and the novels of George Eliot, Smith uncovers more convergence than divergence in nineteenth-century scientific and literary methods
  • By drawing heavily on the writings of both contemporary scientists and modern historians of science, Smith contends that, in the thirty-five years since Snow's lecture, much of the literary criticism concerned with denying the existence of the two cultures has in fact reinforced that cultural gulf in subtle and self-defeating ways
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1960-
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Smith, Jonathan
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.S34
LC item number
S65 1994
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Bacon, Francis
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Bacon, Francis
  • English literature
  • Literature and science
  • Science in literature
  • English literature
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Literature and science
  • Science in literature
  • Letterkunde
  • Wetenschap
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Littérature et sciences
  • Literatur
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Geistesgeschichte
  • Rezeption
  • Geschichte
  • Great Britain
  • Englisch
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Fact and feeling : Baconian science and the nineteenth-century literary imagination, Jonathan Smith
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • The science of science: Baconian induction in nineteenth-century Britain
  • Reweaving the rainbow: romantic methodologies of poetry and science
  • Seeing through Lyell's eyes: the uniformitarian imagination and The voyage of the beagle
  • The "wonderful geological story": uniformitarianism and The mill on the floss
  • Ruskin's "Analysis of natural and pictorial forms"
  • "Euclid honourably shelved": Edwin Abbott's Flatland and the methods of non-Euclidean geometry
  • "The methods have been of interest": Sherlock Holmes, scientific detective
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 277 pages
Isbn
9780299143541
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(pbk.)
Lccn
94014014
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30108944
  • (OCoLC)ocm30108944
Label
Fact and feeling : Baconian science and the nineteenth-century literary imagination, Jonathan Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The science of science: Baconian induction in nineteenth-century Britain
  • Reweaving the rainbow: romantic methodologies of poetry and science
  • Seeing through Lyell's eyes: the uniformitarian imagination and The voyage of the beagle
  • The "wonderful geological story": uniformitarianism and The mill on the floss
  • Ruskin's "Analysis of natural and pictorial forms"
  • "Euclid honourably shelved": Edwin Abbott's Flatland and the methods of non-Euclidean geometry
  • "The methods have been of interest": Sherlock Holmes, scientific detective
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 277 pages
Isbn
9780299143541
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94014014
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30108944
  • (OCoLC)ocm30108944

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