Thomas Huxley: Making the 'Man of Science' (Cambridge by Paul White

By Paul White

This e-book examines the character of the "man of technological know-how" within the Victorian interval because it used to be formed through Thomas Huxley, the prime British naturalist and infamous popularizer of Darwinian concept. It demonstrates how the medical practitioner used to be considered as an ethical and spiritual determine; at the same time thought of to be the epitome of the secular, expert scientist. Breaking with conventional biographies, this interesting portrait treats Huxley because the consummate British "man of technological know-how" and displays at the ancient importance of clinical authority.

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He privately reproached the crew members for cheating the natives in economic exchanges, and he rebuked his fellow officers for senseless violence. Most often, his conscienceraising took the form of mocking their gallantry. How intrepid was the 39 40 41 42 L. Huxley ed. 1900, 1: 62. Diary entries for 19, 20, and 26 August 1849, in J. Huxley ed. 1936: 218–28. On European expeditions to the South Pacific, see Smith 1985. On conquest narratives, see especially Pratt 1992: 142–55. On medieval models of the virtuous conqueror and rescuer of women, see Girouard 1981.

1936: 242. Diary entry for 27 November 1849, J. Huxley ed. 1936: 286. Improvement by Domestication 19 In prescribing for herself sacrifice before a man of learning, Heathorn performed her own elaborate cultural fabrication. Conventions of domestic sanctity and authority did not compel her, as they did some Victorian women, to make an insurgent entry into the public world of letters and politics. But they did enable her to assume the integrity of her household work, to transform literary texts and the power relations implicit in them through private acts of reading, and to compose subversive narratives to be read by her own (fallen) culture hero-cum-saint.

I had only the dimmest idea, if any, of how a description of a marine creature should win for him fame – or help in any way to bring about his obtaining a position that would enable us to marry . . he did not enlighten me. But once we were married I began to learn. The whole atmosphere was scientific – his occupation, his friends, his books, the public lectures 62 63 64 65 10 September 1853, HH: 250. 80. 82. See Desmond 1998: 268, 450. Fairylands of Science 29 he gave that I attended. Little by little I saw and understood the great problems that underlay the dissection of even a fish or plant .

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