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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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Electricity and the Sociable Circulation of Fear and Fearlessness

Electricity and the Sociable Circulation of Fear and Fearlessness

(p.203) Chapter Nine Electricity and the Sociable Circulation of Fear and Fearlessness
Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science
Graeme Gooday
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the demonstration of the safety of electricity in public spaces. It explains that the moral panics and technical concerns about electricity necessitated its public testing in the home and on the theatrical stage, particularly in Crystal Palace and London's theatres. This chapter highlights the intimate connections between space and scientific testing and explains that the practice of electrical safety had to be seen to be believed at other social, personal, and instrumental scales for it underlay developments in physics and engineering.

Keywords:   safety, electricity, public spaces, moral panics, technical concerns, Crystal Palace, theaters, London, scientific testing

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