Richard Fortey: A Victorian sensation
22 August 2002
Show More Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception and Secret Authorship of ‘Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation’ by James Secord.
Chicago, 624 pp., £22.50, February 2002, 0 226 74410 8Show More
“... of perfect enlightenment. As a way of presenting scientific history, however, it is anathema to James Secord. His method is to investigate almost everything to do with Vestiges except its actual content. He looks, for example, at its contemporary readership to show how different social circles constructed their own interpretation of the book. Each ...”