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Bloomsbury Scientists
ISBN
9781787350076
Uitgever
UCL Press
Druk vanaf
1e
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25-09-2017
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
198 pp.
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Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin

Bloomsbury Scientistsis the story of the network of scientists and artists living in a square mile of London before and after the First World War. This inspired group of men and women viewed creativity and freedom as the driving force behind nature, and each strove to understand this in their own inventive way. Their collective energy changed the social mood of the era and brought a new synthesis of knowledge to ideas in science and art. Class barriers were threatened as power shifted from the landed oligarchy to those with talent and the will to make a difference.A time of unexpected opportunities, from the new disciplines of Genetics and Ecology to Post-Impressionism and beyond, Michael Boulter seamlessly weaves together the stories originating from Bloomsbury’s laboratories, libraries and studios. He narrates the breakthroughs of scientists such as Ray Lankester and Marie Stopes alongside the creative outputs of H. G. Wells and Virginia Woolf, among many others, and intricately connects them all through personal friendships, grievances, quarrels and affections. Bloomsbury Scientistsoffers a fresh and crucial perspective on this history at a time when the complex relationship between science and art continues to be debated.Praise for Bloomsbury Scientists'The tale usually told about early 20th century Bloomsbury is one of the artists and activists, the ones who conscientiously objected, lived in squares, and loved in triangles. Michael Boulter adds some obscurer names - leading lights from the life sciences - and from this he concocts a confusing, ugly account of the battle between arts and sciences … this little volume is absorbing. 'Daily Telegraph'Bloomsbury was famously the stomping ground of Virginia Woolf and her early-twentieth-century coterie. But that square mile centred on University College London was also a locus for science. Palaeobiologist Michael Boulter paints a group picture of biologists energized by Darwinism, including Ray Lankester and Marie Stopes, rubbing shoulders with cross-disciplinary intellects such as Roger Fry and H. G. Wells. Although marred by the intrusion of eugenics, this heady era saw the rise of fields from ecology to genetics.'Nature'Serves as a useful refresher on the background, beliefs and work of the key personalities. The descriptions of Bloomsbury are, while not flashy, evocative. It will therefore be a starting point for those interested in the draw and character of Bloomsbury'Annals of Science'this deeply personal account is a moving eulogy to intellectual inquiry, education and learning....[Bloomsbury Scientists] will inform disciplinary histories of the social, life and hard sciences and deserves to be read by scientists and historians at all levels and the curious from all walks of life.'British Journal for the History of Science
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