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Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science$
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David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226487267

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.001.0001

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Expeditionary Science: Conflicts of Method in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Geographical Discovery

Expeditionary Science: Conflicts of Method in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Geographical Discovery

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(p.255) Chapter Eleven Expeditionary Science: Conflicts of Method in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Geographical Discovery
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Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science
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Lawrence Dritsas
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0011

This chapter examines the conflicts in method of mid-nineteenth century expeditionary science in England, focusing on the geographical discovery of the Central African Lakes. It highlights the tensions between those who had direct experience of foreign lands and the claims of those engaged in the so-called critical geography. This chapter also suggests that different routes to scientific knowledge could be employed and that different reputations for authority could be made or broken in relation to which methods had been practiced in securing what knowledge.

Keywords:   expeditionary science, nineteenth century, England, geographical discovery, Central African Lakes, critical geography, scientific knowledge, authority

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