Science in Wonderland: The scientific fairy tales of Victorian Britain (Hardback)
  • Science in Wonderland: The scientific fairy tales of Victorian Britain (Hardback)
zoom

Science in Wonderland: The scientific fairy tales of Victorian Britain (Hardback)

(author)
£16.99
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 26/03/2015
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the excitement of new scientific discoveries, and enticed young readers and listeners into learning their secrets, by converting introductory explanations into quirky, charming, and imaginative fairy-tales; forces could be fairies, dinosaurs could be dragons, and looking closely at a drop of water revealed a soup of monsters. Science in Wonderland explores how these stories were presented and read. Melanie Keene introduces and analyses a range of Victorian scientific fairy-tales, from nursery classics such as The Water-Babies to the little-known Wonderland of Evolution, or the story of insect lecturer Fairy Know-a-Bit. In exploring the ways in which authors and translators - from Hans Christian Andersen and Edith Nesbit to the pseudonymous 'A.L.O.E.' and 'Acheta Domestica' - reconciled the differing demands of factual accuracy and fantastical narratives, Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences. Such stories, she argues, were an important way in which authors and audiences criticised, communicated, and celebrated contemporary scientific ideas, practices, and objects.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199662654
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 448 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Anyone interested in the ample curiosities of Victorian culture qill find much stimulation here. * Nicolas Popper, The Times Literary Supplement *
The volume is clearly well researched, and Keene brings together a multitude of sources. Recommended. * S. Bernardo, CHOICE *
well-researched * Chemistry & Industry *
delightful first book.. warm and lively prose * The Lancet, Richard Barnett *
a truly thought-provoking book * Cotswold Life *
intriguing book * Engineering and Technology, Dominic Lenton *
The illustrations are rather brilliant * Independent, Lucy Scholes *
Keene's material is fascinating * Financial Times, Suzi Feay *
light-footed and intriguing study... What Keene has assembled is beautifully odd * Scotland on Sunday, Stuart Kelly *
Certainly an interesting topic * Popular Science, Brian Clegg *
The truth here is that the book is a remarkable piece of historical research that might interest several audiences beyond the specialized area of history of science and chemistry. * Agusti Nieto-Galan, AMBIX *
this book is a beautifully researched and thrilling treasure trove of texts and images. * Adelene Buckland, Archives of Natural History *

You may also be interested in...

The Age of Wonder
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Science Book
Added to basket
DK
£17.99
Hardback
Pathfinders
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Einstein
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Quantum
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction
Added to basket
Fermat's Last Theorem
Added to basket
Blood and Guts
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Quest for Artificial Intelligence
Added to basket
The Information
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Physics
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
What is Life?
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Autobiographies
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.