How the Victorians Took Us to the Moon: The Story of the 19th-Century Innovators Who Forged Our Future

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Pegasus Books
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6.33 X 9.27 X 1.25 inches | 1.09 pounds

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About the Author
Iwan Rhys Morus holds PhDs in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. He has spent much of his career working on the history of science during the nineteenth century, including the development of new electrical technologies, the popular culture of science, and the history of ideas about the relationship of electricity and the human body. Iran has authored or edited ten books published in Britain, and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's "In our Time" and "Great Lives." He lives in Wales.
Praise for Iwan Rhys Morus:
"A real landmark. Finally, two first-rate academic historians--one a specialist in biological and earth sciences, one in physical sciences--both firmly committed to sociological, contextual approaches, offer an overview of their discipline."-- "Times Higher Education"
"An accessible, well-written book, with many nuanced and fascinating stories of individual sciences and the communities of science. An ambitious and successful introduction to the history of science."-- "International Studies in the Philosophy of Science"
"Attractively illustrated and easy to use, the book explains difficult scientific and philosophical issues in brief and often surprisingly clear terms. The field of history of science has been calling out for a book just like this one."-- "Science"
"This delightfully written book traces the evolution of the subject. The book is informative, well structured and a joy to read. It ought to appeal not only to the relatively narrow audience of science historians, but to working physicists and to the general public."-- "Contemporary Physics"
"A masterfully written historical analysis. The book, which fills most admirably a huge gap in the secondary literature, is a 'must read' for undergraduates. I also highly recommend it to historians of science and technology; to general historians, and to scientists, for the sense it provides of the importance of sociocultural context to scientific content."-- "American Scientist"
"Morus's excellent history of physics in the nineteenth century, When Physics Became King, considers the field in an age when physics and physicists came to play a prominent role in the culture. A few good histories of physics exist--but none as readable or comprehensive as Morus's superb book."-- "Physics Today"
"This thematic summary of the influence of Victorian innovation goes beyond the well-known names. Recommended for history of science audiences."
-- "-Library Journal"