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Utopianism and the Sciences, 1880-1930
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edited by Kemperink, Mary, et al - Hardcover (Peeters Pub & Booksellers; Apr 26, 2010)
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Utopianism and the Sciences, 1880-1930

This volume focuses on the relationship between utopianism and the sciences in the period from 1880 to 1930. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Europe and the United States experienced a mushrooming desire for a more beautiful, happier world. During the nineteenth century, the older 'classic' utopianism of Plato and More started to develop into so-called 'modern' utopianism: ideas that used to be considered mere thought experiments were developing into programmes that could in fact be realised in time. The proposed societal ideal thus needed to be supported by convincing and preferably scientific arguments, particularly at a time when, despite all the criticism, people still kept faith in science.

Science was thus strongly embraced by those engaged in theory formation, sociopolitical debate and artistic expression, all of which were directed at supporting the ideal of a better future. The contributions to this book demonstrate how scientific discoveries such as electricity and the X-ray, as well as scientific theories in the fields of physics, mathematics, biology, the medical sciences, sociology and even linguistics, were used to substantiate, illustrate and realise the future utopia.

This volume is the result of recent interdisciplinary research in the fascinating field of utopian sciences and scientific utopias.


ISBN 9789042922983

Fiction/Non-Fiction Non-Fiction

Publisher Peeters Pub & Booksellers

Pages 204

List Price $65.00

Publication Date 04/26/2010

Release Status In Print

Format Hardcover

Language English

Measurements Height: 9.5 Inches (US)
Width: 6.25 Inches (US)
Thickness: 0.75 Inches (US)
Unit Weight: 1.28 Pounds (US)

Series Groningen Studies in Cultural Change

Editor Kemperink, Mary
Vermeer, Leonieke
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