author={Eleanor P Dobson},
  journal={Victorian Literature and Culture},
  pages={119 - 135}
  • E. Dobson
  • Published 13 February 2017
  • Art
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
In 1892 the celebrated physicist and chemist William Crookes commented on the existence of “an almost infinite range of ethereal vibrations or electrical rays,” which he believed could revolutionize telegraphic communications (174). A few years later, and aided by Crookes's experiments with vacuums, the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen successfully produced X-rays, a hitherto unrecorded form of electromagnetic radiation, which he tantalizingly described as “a new kind of invisible light” (R… 

The Shocking Truth: Science, Religion, and Ancient Egypt in Early Nineteenth-Century Fiction

  • S. Brio
  • Art
    Nineteenth-Century Contexts
  • 2018
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