Hidden depths: Halley, hell and other people

  title={Hidden depths: Halley, hell and other people},
  author={P. Fara},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Science},
  • P. Fara
  • Published 2007
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Abstract During the long eighteenth century, boundaries between theology and natural philosophy, between imaginary and factual travel narratives, between fiction and social commentary, were far more fluid than they are today. To explore these relationships, this paper links Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein —a book often hailed as the first science fiction novel—to two earlier works which are now less well known: Edmond Halley’s article about terrestrial magnetism, in which he suggested that God had… Expand