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Cholera and Nation
Cholera and Nation (January 2008)
Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England
Pamela K. Gilbert - Author

How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.

Drawing from sermons, novels, newspaper editorials, poetry, medical texts, and the writings of social activists, Cholera and Nation explores how the coming of the cholera epidemics during a period of intense political reform in Britain set the terms by which the social body would be defined. In part by historical accident, e...(Read More)
 
 
The Intelligence of Flowers
The Intelligence of Flowers (November 2007)
Maurice Maeterlinck - Author
Philip Mosley - Translation and introduction by

Winner of the 2008 Prix de la Traduction Littéraire presented by French Community of Belgium

A new translation of one of Maeterlinck’s four great nature essays.

“The republication of Maurice Maeterlinck’s ‘The Intelligence of Flowers,’ regrettably forgotten in our time, is long overdue. The introduction by Mosley is itself a gem, and contains one of the b...(Read More)
 
 
Excavating Victorians
Excavating Victorians (November 2007)
Virginia Zimmerman - Author

How Victorians reacted to the new sciences of geology and archaeology.

Excavating Victorians examines nineteenth-century Britain’s reaction to the revelations about time and natural history provided by the new sciences of geology and archaeology. The Victorians faced one of the greatest paradigm shifts in history: the bottom dropped out of time, and they had to reinvent their relationship to the e...(Read More)
 
 
Darwin and the Nature of Species
Darwin and the Nature of Species (November 2006)
David N. Stamos - Author

Examines Darwin’s concept of species in a philosophical context.

Since the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species, the concept of “species” in biology has been widely debated, with its precise definition far from settled. And yet, amazingly, there have been no books devoted to Charles Darwin’s thinking on the term until now. David N. Stamos gives us a groundbreaking, historical ...(Read More)
 
 
Sins against Science
Sins against Science (September 2006)
The Scientific Media Hoaxes of Poe, Twain, and Others
Lynda Walsh - Author

Recounts the fake news stories, written from 1830 to 1880, about scientific and technological discoveries, and the effect these hoaxes had on readers and their trust in science.

Lynda Walsh explores a provocative era in American history—the proliferation of fake news stories about scientific and technological discoveries from 1830 to 1880. These hoaxes, which fooled thousands of readers, offer a first-hand lo...(Read More)
 
 
Oppenheimer's Choice
Oppenheimer's Choice (July 2006)
Reflections from Moral Philosophy
Richard Mason - Author

Studies J. Robert Oppenheimer’s choice to accept leadership of the Manhattan Project.

In 1942, J. Robert Oppenheimer accepted the leadership of the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos Laboratory, which produced the first atomic bomb three years later. This book examines the ethics of Oppenheimer’s choice to take that job and our judgment of his acceptance, leading to the larger question of the meaning of...(Read More)
 
 
Nervous Conditions
Nervous Conditions (March 2006)
Science and the Body Politic in Early Industrial Britain
Elizabeth Green Musselman - Author

Examines nineteenth-century scientists’ obsession with nerves and the nervous system.

Nervous Conditions explores the role of the body in the development of modern science, challenging the myth that modern science is built on a bedrock of objectivity and confident empiricism. In this fascinating look into the private world of British natural philosophers—including John Dalton, Lord Kelvin,...(Read More)

 
 
The Greek Concept of Nature
The Greek Concept of Nature (April 2005)
Gerard Naddaf - Author

Explores the origin and evolution of the Greek concept of nature up until the time of Plato.

In The Greek Concept of Nature, Gerard Naddaf utilizes historical, mythological, and linguistic perspectives to reconstruct the origin and evolution of the Greek concept of phusis. Usually translated as nature, phusis has been decisive both for the early history of philosophy and for its subsequent developm...(Read More)
 
 
First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature
First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (February 2004)
F. W. J. Schelling - Author
Keith R. Peterson - Translated with an introduction and notes by

Schelling's first systematic attempt to articulate a complete philosophy of nature.

Appearing here in English for the first time, this is F. W. J. Schelling's vital document of the attempts of German Idealism and Romanticism to recover a deeper relationship between humanity and nature and to overcome the separation between mind and matter induced by the modern reductivist program. Written in 1799 and building upon his e...(Read More)
 
 
Galileo's Pendulum
Galileo's Pendulum (October 2003)
Science, Sexuality, and the Body-Instrument Link
Dusan I. Bjelic - Author
Michael Lynch - Foreword by

Examines the history of science in light of recent theories of sexuality and the body.

Drawing on the theories of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and others who have written on the history of sexuality and the body, Galileo's Pendulum explores how the emergence of the scientific method in the seventeenth century led to a de-emphasis on the body and sexuality. The first half of the book focuses on the historical...(Read More)
 
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