By Laura Otis
Even though we're used to deliberating technology and the arts as separate disciplines, within the 19th century this department used to be no longer well-known. because the scientist John Tyndall mentioned, not just have been technological know-how and literature either striving to higher "man's estate", they shared a typical language and cultural history. the hunt for "origins", the character of the connection among society and the person, and what it intended to be human have been matters that occupied either the writing of scientists and novelists. This anthology brings jointly a beneficiant number of clinical and literary fabric to discover the exchanges and interactions among them. Fed by way of a standard mind's eye, scientists and artistic writers alike used tales, imagery, kind, and constitution to express their that means, and to supply works of putting up with strength. It contains writing by means of Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin, Sir Humphry Davy, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Thomas Malthus, Louis Pasteur, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Mark Twain and so forth. additionally integrated are introductions and notes to steer the reader.
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With her formidable scientiﬁc knowledge, Eliot understood the importance of probabilities not just for mathematics and physics but for the emerging social sciences, which often used statistics to present themselves as legitimate ﬁelds of knowledge. As a novelist, Eliot knew the creative value of randomness for plot construction and for suggesting the complex aﬃnities between words. By the time Daniel Deronda appeared, games of chance had become as powerful a metaphor for scientists as for literary writers.
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Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology (Oxford World's Classics) by Laura Otis