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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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Scale and the Geographies of Civic Science: Practice and Experience in the Meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain and in Ireland, c. 1845–1900

Scale and the Geographies of Civic Science: Practice and Experience in the Meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain and in Ireland, c. 1845–1900

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(p.99) Chapter Five Scale and the Geographies of Civic Science: Practice and Experience in the Meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain and in Ireland, c. 1845–1900
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Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science
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Charles W. J. Withers
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0005

This chapter examines the towns and cities in Ireland and Great Britain that served temporary venues for associational civic science for the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS). The analysis shows how a national policy of being provincial was given local inflection through different practices in demonstrating and displaying the scientific credentials of the host venue and the status of the science. This chapter discusses the BAAS' promotion of science a public good, a unifying, moral vision under the banner of scientific and political neutrality.

Keywords:   British Association for the Advancement of Science, BAAS, civic science, towns, cities, Great Britain, Ireland, public good, scientific neutrality, political neutrality

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