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The pioneering 'great men' of Victorian science were once attacked for being unmanly

from The Conversation

In the late 19th century, scientists were made into heroes. Science fiction novels such as H G Wells's "The Time Machine" and science textbooks such as Oliver Lodge's "Pioneers of Science" helped create the popular image of the Victorian scientist as a powerful, authoritative figure, subjecting the forces of nature to his will. It's an image that endures today, cemented by the narrative of 19th century science as the work of a series of great men: Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and the rest. And this was the story the scientific establishment told about itself. more


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