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Victorian Sensation
Author: James A. Secord

ISBN: 9780226744117
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 16 September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 13.6 x 3.5
Description:
Fiction or philosophy, profound knowledge or shocking heresy? When V"estiges of the Natural History of Creation" was published anonymously in 1844, it sparked one of the greatest sensations of the Victorian era. More than a hundred thousand readers were spellbound by its startling vision--an account of the world that extended from the formation of the solar system to the spiritual destiny of humanity. As gripping as a popular novel, "Vestiges" combined all the current scientific theories in fields ranging from astronomy and geology to psychology and economics. The book was banned, it was damned, it was hailed as the gospel for a new age. This is where our own public controversies about evolution began.
In a pioneering cultural history, James A. Secord uses the story of "Vestiges" to create a panoramic portrait of life in the early industrial era from the perspective of its readers. We join apprentices in a factory town as they debate the consequences of an evolutionary ancestry. We listen as Prince Albert reads aloud to Queen Victoria from a book that preachers denounced as blasphemy vomited from the mouth of Satan. And we watch a...

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