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Science and scientists in Victorian and Edwardian literary novels: insights into the emergence of a new profession

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Russell, Nicholas

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Abstract Literary fiction has seldom been seriously considered as a mode of science communication. Here, I review novels from the 19th century canon of English literature in which characters either have, or aspire to have, substantive professional scientific roles to see what insights they provide into the practice of science in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. They reflect the historical transition of science from an intellectual hobby to a paid occupation, but also reveal that while a career in science became possible for a wider range of people, it seldom allowed these new entrants to undertake fundamental scientific research.
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 205-222
Journal Public Understanding of Science, 16 (2007) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)