Science and popular education in the 1830s: the role of the Bridgewater Treatises.

@article{Topham1992ScienceAP,
  title={Science and popular education in the 1830s: the role of the Bridgewater Treatises.},
  author={Jonathan R. Topham},
  journal={British journal for the history of science},
  year={1992},
  volume={25 87 Pt 4},
  pages={
          397-430
        }
}
  • J. Topham
  • Published 1 December 1992
  • History, Medicine
  • British journal for the history of science
As is widely known, the Bridgewater Treatises on the Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God as Manifested in the Creation (1833–36) were commissioned in accordance with a munificent bequest of the eighth Earl of Bridgewater, the Rev. Francis Henry Egerton (1756–1829), and written by seven leading men of science, together with one prominent theological commentator. Less widely appreciated is the extent to which the Bridgewater Treatises rank among the scientific best-sellers of the early nineteenth… Expand

Tables and Topics from this paper

Scientific publishing and the reading of science in nineteenth-century Britain: a historiographical survey and guide to sources.
  • J. Topham
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of science
  • 2000
TLDR
These moves were underpinned by crucial epistemological and rhetorical shifts—from a logic of discovery, theoretically open to all, to a more restrictive notion of discovery as the preserve of scientific ‘genius’, and from an open-ended philosophy of ‘experience’ to a far more restrictive concept of disciplined ‘expertise’. Expand
Publishing and the classics: Paley’s Natural theology and the nineteenth-century scientific canon
Abstract This article seeks a new way to conceptualise the ‘classic’ work in the history of science, and suggests that the use of publishing history might help avoid the antagonism which surroundedExpand
Facts and fancies: the Geological Society of London and the wider public, 1807-1837
Abstract The leading lights of the Geological Society announced the birth of a newly scientific form of Earth science by claiming to dissociate geology from the grand theories, theologicalExpand
Devotional cosmology : poetry, thermodynamics and popular astronomy, 1839-1889
The relationship between science and religion in nineteenth century Britain has been the focus of major recent interest from historians and critics, and was a source of anxiety for Victorians. ThisExpand
Iconic Eccentricity: The Meaning of Victorian Novelty Taxidermy
Throughout the Victorian era, the practice of taxidermy flourished as never before or since. The 1891 London census listed 369 taxidermists (including 122 women), and rural villages and townsExpand
History from the Ground Up
William Kirby and William Spence’s Introduction to Entomology is generally recognized as one of the founding texts of entomological science in English. This essay examines the ideological allegiancesExpand
Copyright, authors and censorship
The period from 1695 to 1830, from the lapse of the Licensing Act to the eve of the Reform Bill, thus saw major transformations in the legal culture within which the book trade operated. When theExpand
London and the central sites of the English book trade
© Cambridge University Press 2009 and 2010. New building schemes, new commercial agendas and new trading practices reshaped the topography of the London book trade between 1695 and 1830. Fixed sitesExpand
The Scottish Book Trade
By the early nineteenth century, booksellers and printers had set up business in many of the smaller towns, and Scotland had printing, publishing and paper industries operating on a British scale.Expand
Commercial and Sublime: Popular Astronomy Lectures in Nineteenth Century Britain
This thesis discusses the practitioners, sites, curriculums, apparatus and audiences of popular astronomy lecturing in nineteenth-century Britain. Lecturers who were active approximately between 1820Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 44 REFERENCES
The selection of the authors of the Bridgewater treatises
  • W. Brock
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
  • 1966
THE argument for the existence of God from Design using the model of Newtonian scientific methodology formed the basis of the Natural Theology of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Since theExpand
V. Mechanics' Institutes and the Working Classes, 1840–1860
The history of mechanics’ institutes ‘is at once beautiful and terrible to read', Christopher Charles Cattell, the Birmingham radical republican, told the members of his Eclectic Institute in 1854.Expand
Genesis and geology : a study in the relations of scientific thought, natural theology, and social opinion in Great Britain, 1790-1850
First published in 1951, "Genesis and Geology" describes the background of social and theological ideas and the progress of scientific researches which, between them, produced the religiousExpand
The social context of an educational movement: a revisionist approach to the English mechanics institutes, 1820-1850
“The large room of the Crown and Anchor Tavern, one of the very largest in the Metropolis, was engaged for the occasion, and at the time appointed for taking the chair, it was completely filled. ItExpand
Immanence or Transcendence: Theories of Life and Organization in Britain, 1790-1835
description of intellectual productions but seeks to lodge them in the nexus of events where they originated and with which their meaning is inextricably bound. From this vantage point, many of theExpand
Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment: Science, Religion, and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Part I. The 'Holy Alliance' in Gestation, 1660-88: 1. Restoration, religion and reaction 2. Cambridge and the latitude-men 3. Restoration Cambridge and theExpand
History, humanity and evolution : essays for John C. Greene
Preface Introductory conversation 1. Erasmus Darwin: Doctor of Evolution? R. Porter 2. Nature's powers: a reading of Lamarck's distinction between creation and production L. Jordanova 3. LamarckismExpand
On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God, as Manifested in the Creation of Animals, and in Their History, Habits, and Instincts
  • W. Kirby
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • The Medico-chirurgical review
  • 1835
TLDR
This series explores the editing and interpretation of religious texts, the history of religious ideas and institutions, and not least the encounter between religion and science. Expand
The Politics of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London
Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre- Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged earlyExpand
Science, Nature and Control: Interpreting Mechanics' Institutes
The study of the Mechanics' Institute movement of Great Britain has always been marginal to three academic communities - the history of education, the history of science and the history ofExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...