Karl Jordan and the Naturalist Tradition
‘How do we know what we know about biodiversity and, conversely, why do we seem to know so little?’ Kristin Johnson approaches those questions through a study of Karl Jordan (1861–1959), a taxonomist and Curator of Insects at the Natural History Museum, London, who devoted his life to naming, describing and ordering a small subset of Earth’s biodiversity – over 3,000 species of Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Siphonaptera.
The Science of Power Generation
As we move away from fossil fuels and work towards a technology that can provide abundant, cheap, safe and clean electricity in any environment, a range of power generation systems are competing to fill the gap. Explaining how the various technologies work, their environmental impact and potential for future development, this overview of the subject devotes chapters to coal, oil, natural gas, hydro, nuclear, solar and wind.
Science and the Hunt for Reality
For Joe Rosen, the much sought-after Theory of Everything ‘is but a mirage’. In this book he explores the boundaries between science and metaphysics and argues that science, despite its phenomenal progress and insights, can only go so far in comprehending nature.
Ouija, Firewalking, and Other Gibberish
Henri Broch takes a sceptical look at a range of phenomena that are often considered paranormal or mystical, from dowsing and astrology to the mysterious image on the Shroud of Turin. He describes the alternative explanations provided by scientific experiments, reveals how some tricks are performed and shows how to recognize the kinds of argument used by pseudoscientists. Foreword by Nobel laureate Georges Charpak.
Rakes, Highwaymen, and Pirates
The Making of the Modern Gentlemen in the Eighteenth Century
Discussing the masculine characters in literary works by writers including Richardson, Boswell, John Gay and Rochester, this study explores the emergence of the polite English gentleman during the 18th century and argues that the history of this archetype of modern masculinity is inseparable from that of its outlaw contemporaries, the rake, the highwayman and the pirate. Off-mint.
An MFS Reader
In this collection of 20 essays drawn from the first 50 years of the Modern Fiction Studies journal, Brenda Silver’s ‘What’s Woolf Got to Do with It?’ (1992) serves as an introduction to Woolf criticism, followed by sections on the art of fiction, subjectivity, and Woolf’s ethical and political imagination.
Aesthetics and Sexuality in Britain, 1750–1832
Richard C Sha considers how contemporary theories of aesthetics and biology shaped notions of sexuality, reproduction and gender during the Romantic period, applying readings of scientific texts and the philosophy of Kant and Longinus to the work of such important writers as Blake, Byron, Shelley and Wollstonecraft. He argues that the Romantics advocated 'perversity' – here, liberated purposelessness – in both art and sex, and reconceptualized sexual pleasure as deriving from mutuality rather than the biological purpose of reproduction.
The Great Plague
The Story of London's Most Deadly Year
Between the death of Goodwoman Phillips in Saint Giles-in-the-Fields on Christmas Eve 1664 and January 1666, the Great Plague killed almost 100,000 people in and around London. In this engrossing study, historian A Lloyd Moote and microbiologist Dorothy C Moote describe the progress of the epidemic and investigate how people lived through the catastrophe, how they decided whether to leave or stay in the city, and what resources they drew on to survive amid so much death and disorder.