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Weighing Fire

European Lives in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Science

by Michael Rand Hoare (Author)
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Summary

This work is Volume 1 of an extensive two-volume monograph on the interplay of science and literature in Europe from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. It comprises a series of some twenty biographies raisonnées of literary figures known to have had fascination for, at times an obsession with, science. The linguistic base is broad, primarily French, German and English, but with excursions into Italian, Spanish and Russian. Alongside outstanding individuals, the work chronicles the intellectual movements Naturphilosophie, Naturalism, Positivism, etc., which literature gave rise to through its interaction with science.

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ISBN (PDF)
9781789976151
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9781789976168
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9781789976175
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9781789976144
Language
English
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Science-literature relationship Science and modernity Cultural interplay
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2018.

Biographical notes

Michael Rand Hoare (Author)

Michael Rand Hoare holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Imperial College London and a PhD from Cambridge University. He completed postdoctoral placements at the University of Washington and the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen. Later visiting research appointments were in Paris, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, New Haven (Yale) and Ottawa (Carleton). A life-determining move was the offer of a physics lectureship at the now-defunct Bedford College in London, whose remarkable liberal-arts atmosphere led to a further distancing from science and mathematics towards literary and cultural history, lexicography and linguistics. The opportunity of early retirement in 1983 with the status of Reader Emeritus enabled a full-time freelance engagement with the cultural history of science and pursuit of a long-standing interest in the Chinese language at the University of Westminster. An appointment as Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) followed publications of Chinese teaching material and an ongoing project on the History of British–Taiwanese relations. He is a non-resident member of King’s College, Cambridge.

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