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Two Journeys

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0035
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter focusses on the scientific expeditions of Charles Darwin and Sir John Herschel in the early 1830s. For both men, the journey on which they were about to embark would yield a harvest of ... More


The Creed of Science

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0037
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter focusses on the work and correspondence between Darwin and Herschel. It describes how Darwin asked his publishers to send Herschel a copy of On the Origin of Species following its ... More


Analysis: Magic Mirrors: Formalist Realism in Victorian Physics and Photography

Andrea Henderson

in Algebraic Art: Mathematical Formalism and Victorian Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198809982
eISBN:
9780191860140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198809982.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter argues that British photography of the 1850s and 60s wedded realism—understood as a commitment to descriptive truthfulness—with formalism, or a belief in the defining power of structural ... More


The Mystery of Mysteries

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

in The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198747956
eISBN:
9780191810909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0036
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter first presents Darwin’s descriptions about meeting John Herschel in 1836. It then details how Darwin consulted Herschel’s Preliminary Discourse in developing his theory on the origin of ... More


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