The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856

  title={The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856},
  author={R. O’Connor},
At the turn of the nineteenth century, geology - and its claims that the earth had a long and colorful prehuman history - was widely dismissed as dangerous nonsense. But just fifty years later, it was the most celebrated of Victorian sciences. Ralph O'Connor tracks the astonishing growth of geology's prestige in Britain, exploring how a new geohistory far more alluring than the standard six days of Creation was assembled and sold to the wider Biblereading public. Savvy science writer, O'Connor… 
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, theological
A philosophical pursuit: Natural models and the practical arts in establishing the structure of the earth
During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries antiquarians, geologists and savants debated whether the summits of particular Highland mountains were the vestiges of iron-age forts or
“Our Iberian Forefathers”: The Deep Past and Racial Stratification of British Civilization, 1850–1914
  • C. Manias
  • History
    The Journal of British Studies
  • 2012
O n 18 January 1879, Professor William Boyd Dawkins of Owen’s College, Manchester, delivered a public lecture in the city’s Science Lectures for the People series on “Our Earliest Ancestors.” These
Victorian archaeologies, anthropologies and adventures in the final frontier: modes of nineteenth-century scientific exploration and display in Star Trek
Abstract: Sf television programmes such as Star Trek, which play with real-world scientific practices and knowledge, condition public expectations about the ways in which those sciences are enacted.
Deep Time and Epic Time in Alfred Tennyson’s In Memoriam (1850), Matthew Arnold’s Empedocles on Etna (1852), and Mathilde Blind’s The Ascent of Man (1889)
In a letter to E.B. Cowell, the poet Edward FitzGerald wrote that “it is not the poetical imagination, but bare Science that every day unrolls a greater Epic than the Iliad; the history of the World,
‘Lithogenesis’: Towards a (Geo)Poetics of Place
Stone and geology have proved themselves appealing to twentieth- and twenty-first-century authors concerned with place-writing and the development of place-consciousness more widely. The austere
Monkey business: the Victorian natural history museum, evolution, and the medieval manuscript
Victorian natural history museums (NHMs) incorporated sophisticated theories of literate culture through their architectural, artistic and cultural strategies; these literary gestures were
Ruined Paradise: Geology and the Emergence of Archaeology
When Percy Shelley in his “Ode toNaples” (1820) called that city the “metropolis of a ruined paradise” hewas reflecting, as he tells us, on his earlier visit and the “enthusiasm excited by the
Reading and writing the scientific voyage: FitzRoy, Darwin and John Clunies Ross
  • K. Anderson
  • History
    The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 2018
An unpublished satirical work, written c.1848–1854, provides fresh insight into the most famous scientific voyage of the nineteenth century and is intriguing not only for its glimpse of the Beagle voyage, but also as a self-portrait of an imperial scientific reader.
Creatures from Before the Flood: Reconciling Science and Genesis in the Pages of a Nineteenth-Century Hebrew Newspaper
This article examines Hayim Selig Slonimski, the editor of Ha-tsefirah, the first Hebrew-language journal devoted to the popularization of science. Between 1874 and 1879, Slonimski published a series