The Wonderful Century: The Age of New Ideas in Science and Invention, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Wonderful Century

The Age of New Ideas in Science and Invention, 1st Edition

By Alfred Russel Wallace


540 pages

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First published in 1925. This study examines the advances in engineering and science in the nineteenth century. The author examines topics on locomotion and sea travel, photography, chemistry, electricity amongst many other industrial and scientific developments. This title will be of interest to historians as well as scientists and engineers.

Table of Contents

Part One: Successes; 1. Modes of Travelling 2. The Advance in Locomotion on the Ocean 3. Labour-Saving Machinery 4. The Conveyance of Thought 5. Fire and Light 6. New Applications of Light – Photography 7. Light: Its Nature and Properties 8. Physical Principles and Their Applications 9. The Importance of Dust: A Source of Beauty and Essential to Life 10. Some of the Chief Problems and Discoveries of Chemistry 11. Electricity: The Science of the Century 12. Astronomy: The Solar System 13. The Sun’s Nature and Constitution 14. The Stars 15. The Structure of the Heavens 16. Geology: The Glacial Epoch, and the Antiquity of Man 17. Evolution and Natural Selection 18. Popular Discoveries in Physiology 19. The Nineteenth Compared with Preceding Centuries; Part Two: Failures; 20. The Neglect of Phrenology 21. The Opposition to Hypnotism and Physical Research 22. Militarism – The Curse of Civilisation 23. The Demon of Greed 24. The Plunder of the Earth – Conclusion; Appendix; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Science and Technology in the Nineteenth Century

This set of volumes, originally published between 1900 and 1994, amalgamates research on Science and Technology in the Nineteenth Century, including studies on notable figures such as Gregor Johann Mendel, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Sir Humphry Davy. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject, how it has evolved over time, which will be of particular interest to students of history and the sciences.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General