Visions of Science

From Babbage's perspective, publication of a separate work had the signal advantage of moving the controversy about the disastrous state of science beyond letters to newspaper editors, and into the quarterlies and leader columns.


Author: James A. Secord

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226203287

Category: History

Page: 306

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The first half of the nineteenth century witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life. There was widespread social unrest, and debates raged regarding education, the lives of the working class, and the new industrial, machine-governed world. At the same time, modern science emerged in Europe in more or less its current form, as new disciplines and revolutionary concepts, including evolution and the vastness of geologic time, began to take shape. In Visions of Science, James A. Secord offers a new way to capture this unique moment of change. He explores seven key books—among them Charles Babbage’s Reflections on the Decline of Science, Charles Lyell’s Principles ofGeology, Mary Somerville’s Connexion of the Physical Sciences, and Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus—and shows how literature that reflects on the wider meaning of science can be revelatory when granted the kind of close reading usually reserved for fiction and poetry. These books considered the meanings of science and its place in modern life, looking to the future, coordinating and connecting the sciences, and forging knowledge that would be appropriate for the new age. Their aim was often philosophical, but Secord shows it was just as often imaginative, projective, and practical: to suggest not only how to think about the natural world but also to indicate modes of action and potential consequences in an era of unparalleled change. Visions of Science opens our eyes to how genteel ladies, working men, and the literary elite responded to these remarkable works. It reveals the importance of understanding the physical qualities of books and the key role of printers and publishers, from factories pouring out cheap compendia to fashionable publishing houses in London’s West End. Secord’s vivid account takes us to the heart of an information revolution that was to have profound consequences for the making of the modern world.

New Visions of Nature

Meeting at regular intervals in Santa Barbara, California, under the sponsorship of the University of California and with funding provided by the John Templeton Foundation, New Visions scholars each offered insights on nature, science, ...


Author: Martin A. M. Drenthen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048126118

Category: Philosophy

Page: 285

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"New Visions of Nature" focuses on the emergence of these new visions of complex nature in three domains. The first selection of essays reflects public visions of nature, that is, nature as it is experienced, encountered, and instrumentalized by diverse publics. The second selection zooms in on micro nature and explores the world of contemporary genomics. The final section returns to the macro world and discusses the ethics of place in present-day landscape philosophy and environmental ethics. The contributions to this volume explore perceptual and conceptual boundaries between the human and the natural, or between an ‘out there’ and ‘in here.’ They attempt to specify how nature has been publicly and genomically constructed, known and described through metaphors and re-envisioned in terms of landscape and place. By parsing out and rendering explicit these divergent views, the volume asks for a re-thinking of our relationship with nature.

Visions of the Land

Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ecology Michael A. Bryson. more famous exploration narratives) I hope to revisit some relatively neglected works as well as to glean insights ...


Author: Michael A. Bryson

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813921723

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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The work of John Charles Fremont, Richard Byrd, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, John Wesley Powell, Susan Cooper, Rachel Carson, and Loren Eiseley represents a widely divergent body of writing. Yet despite their range of genres—including exploration narratives, technical reports, natural histories, scientific autobiographies, fictional utopias, nature writing, and popular scientific literature—these seven authors produced strikingly connected representations of nature and the practice of science in America from about 1840 to 1970. Michael A. Bryson provides a thoughtful examination of the authors, their work, and the ways in which science and nature unite them. Visions of the Land explores how our environmental attitudes have influenced and been shaped by various scientific perspectives from the time of western expansion and geographic exploration in the mid-nineteenth century to the start of the contemporary environmental movement in the twentieth century. Bryson offers a literary-critical analysis of how writers of different backgrounds, scientific training, and geographic experiences represented nature through various kinds of natural science, from natural history to cartography to resource management to ecology and evolution, and in the process, explored the possibilities and limits of science itself. Visions of the Land examines the varied, sometimes conflicting, but always fascinating ways in which we have defined the relations among science, nature, language, and the human community. Ultimately, it is an extended meditation on the capacity of using science to live well within nature.

Revealing Tensions Between Curriculum and Teachers Visions of Communities of Science Practice

Instead , with his aim for teaching the laws of science content , his traditional linguistic practices ( Cazden ... What I've described in this chapter is how the three teachers and IQWST all have different visions of classroom ...


Author: David J. Grueber


ISBN: MSU:31293029567827

Category: Communities of practice

Page: 364

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Visions of Nonlinear Science in the 21st Century

Zeki , S. ( 1994 ) A Vision of the Brain ( Blackwell Scientific Publications , Oxford ) . Zhabotinsky , A. M. & Zaikin , A. N. ( 1973 ) “ Autowave processes in a distributed chemical system , ” J. Theor . Biol . 40 , 45–61 .


Author: Jose L. Huertas

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 981023337X

Category: Science

Page: 855

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Authoritative and visionary, this festschrift features 12 highly readable expositions of virtually all currently active aspects of nonlinear science. It has been painstakingly researched and written by leading scientists and eminent expositors, including L Shilnikov, R Seydel, I Prigogine, W Porod, C Mira, M Lakshmanan, W Lauterborn, A Holden, H Haken, C Grebogi, E Doedel and L Chua; each chapter addresses a current and intensively researched area of nonlinear science and chaos, including nonlinear dynamics, mathematics, numerics and technology. Handsomely produced with high resolution color graphics for enhanced readability, this book has been carefully written at a high level of exposition and is somewhat self-contained. Each chapter includes a tutorial and background information, as well as a survey of each area's main results and state of the art. Of special interest to both beginners and seasoned researchers is the identification of future trends and challenging yet tractable problems thatare likely,to be solved before the end of the 21st century. The visionary and provocative nature of this book makes it a valuable and lasting reference.

Visions of Alterity

Still , the sometimes all too obvious references to theological inspiration and the often absurd discrepancy between trivial circumstances , irrational vision and scientific discovery could also point to another conclusion .


Author: Elke D'hoker

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 904201671X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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Visions of Alterity: Representation in the Works of John Banville offers detailed and original readings of the work of the Irish author John Banville, one of the foremost figures in contemporary European literature. It investigates one of the fundamental concerns of Banville's novels: mediating the gap between subject and object or self and world in representation. By drawing on the rich history of the problem of representation in literature, philosophy and literary theory, this study provides a thorough insight into the rich philosophical and intertextual dimension of Banville's fiction. In close textual analyses of Banville's most important novels, it maps out a thematic development that moves from an interest in the epistemological and aesthetic representation of the world in scientific theories, over a concern with the ethical dimension of representations, to an exploration of self-representation and identity. What remains constant throughout these different perspectives is the disruption of representations by brief but haunting glimpses of otherness. In tracing these different visions of alterity in Banville's solipsistic literary world, this study offers a better understanding of his insistent and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be human.

Critical Issues and Bold Visions for Science Education

“The science of breathing” is a metaphor for innumerable ways in which science can be framed in terms of students' lived experience. The purpose of science education has been lost. A bold vision for science education that resonates with ...



Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004389663

Category: Education

Page: 318

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Critical Issues and Bold Visions for Science Education addresses diverse critical issues using rich theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and while retaining complexity, offers transformative visions within a context of political tensions, historical legacies, and grand challenges associated with Anthropocene.

Visions of the Future Chemistry and Life Science

... leading young scientists describe their research and give their visions of future developments . ... It offers definitive reviews for people with a general interest in the future directions of science , ranging from researchers to ...


Author: J. M. T. Thompson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521805392

Category: Science

Page: 199

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Leading young scientists give engaging reviews of their research areas and exciting visions of future developments.

Feminist re visions of the Subject

... asserting that " feminist studies of science have yet to embrace the transformative power of their own critique . ... this failure to re - vision scientific practice , these two researchers , one trained in the biological sciences ...


Author: Gail Currie

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739104101

Category: Social Science

Page: 275

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Feminist (Re)visions utilizes the study of space and place--which extends through sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and area studies, historical perspectives, and philosophy--as a paradigm for cross-disciplinary inquiry. Noting that both the study of space/place and feminism are transected by the lines of spacial, conceptual, and ontological disintegration in contemporary academia, Gail Currie and Celia Rothenberg have culled a collection of writings drawn together from feminist scholars across several disciplines to address three questions: how are subjects constituted in relation to the spaces and places they occupy; how are those spaces and places in turn negotiated and transformed; and how are feminists actively constructing new visions of the female subject in the context of the postmodern academic terrain? This work sets the stage for the development of a productive feminist praxis in an academic world some fear has been relativized and depoliticized by the postmodern turn.

Visions of the Future Astronomy and Earth Science

Visions of the Future : Astronomy and Earth Science Leading young scientists , many holding prestigious Royal Society Research Fellowships , describe their research and give their visions of the future . The articles , which have been ...


Author: J. M. T. Thompson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521805376

Category: Science

Page: 237

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Leading young scientists give engaging reviews of their research areas and exciting visions of future developments.