Science for All: Studies in the History of Victorian Science and Education, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Science for All

Studies in the History of Victorian Science and Education, 1st Edition

By William H. Brock


342 pages

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pub: 1996-02-29
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This set of essays - four, including the long title essay, being published here for the first time - reflects the author's long interest in the science and culture of the Victorian period. The first section examines the patronage of science and the activities of the British Association of the Advancement of Science and the Cavendish Society. The following one explores natural theology and natural history, and the impact of German scientists on British culture. Ten essays on science education then provide a broad perspective, as well as specific insights into heurism, technical education in periodicals, school examinations, and the unexpected role of Japan in stimulating educational innovation in Britain. In addition, Professor Brock addresses the long history of the linkage made between poor science education and national decline, and Britain's continuing need to enhance the opportunities of Science for All.


'…this collection…brings together in one convenient volume a number of significant essays hitherto scattered in…literature or unpublished.' Endeavour

Table of Contents

Contents: The spectrum of science patronage; Advancing science: The British Association and the profesional practice of science; The society for the perpetuation of Gmelin: The Cavendish Society 1846-72; The Cavendish Society's wonderful repertory of chemistry: notes and discussions; The selection of the authors of the Bridgewater Treatises; William Bollaert, Faraday and the Royal Institution; Glaucus: Kingsley and the seaside naturalists; Liebig's and Hofmann's impact on British scientific culture; Humboldt and the British: a note on the character of British science; Science education; ’Observe, experiment and conclude’: Finsbury College's new course of experimental philosophy in 1879-80; Geometry and the universities: Euclid and his modern rivals, 1860-1901; Squared paper in the 19th century: instrument of science and engineering and symbol of reform in mathematical education (with M.H. Price); Science, technology and education in The English Mechanic; The decline of science; The Japanese connexion: engineering in Tokyo, London and Glasgow at the end of the 19th century; Queenwood College revisited; School science examinations: sacrifice or stimulus?; Science for all; Addenda et corrigenda; Index.

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