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Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity


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Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity

Bernard Lightman and Gowan Dawson

Victorian Scientific Naturalism examines the secular creeds of the generation of intellectuals who, in the wake of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, wrested cultural authority from the old Anglican establishment while installing themselves as a new professional scientific elite. Beginning in the crisis of authority in the 1850s that followed the aristocratic mismanagement of the Crimean war and the trauma of the Indian mutiny, this campaign, led by biologists, physicists and mathematicians such as Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker, John Tyndall and William Kingdon Clifford, helped reform and modernize Victorian Britain. ... Read more


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