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The X Club: Power and Authority in Victorian Science

Ruth Barton

Abstract

This group biography of the X Club follows the nine members from their family and cultural roots, through their early friendships, to their intense lobbying campaigns in the 1860s, and on to their years of scientific power and cultural authority. Although often identified as professionalizers of science, few of their preoccupations fall under this heading, the exception being their concern with developing the infrastructure of scientific research –specialist journalism, specialist libraries, and bibliographies. Their multifaceted ambitions are largely summed up as a shared determination to pro ... More

Keywords: group biography, cultural authority, professionalizers of science, infrastructure for scientific research, dignity and independence of science, secular culture and society, naturalism, importance of allies, heroic histories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226551616
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226551753.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Barton, author