Article ID: CBB001553629

Scientific Naturalists and Their Language Games (2015)


Lightman, Bernard V. (Author)

History of Science
Volume: 53.4
Issue: 4
Pages: 395-416

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: The Languages of Scientists
Language: English

For nineteenth century British scientific naturalists like Charles Darwin, Thomas Henry Huxley, and John Tyndall, translation, and the issues of language that it raised, were crucial. Dealing with these issues became a major part of their strategy to reform British science, and it involved opening up the scientific community to French and German research. Early in their careers, both Huxley and Tyndall invested time translating science books from the continent into English. Later, as they themselves wrote books that were in demand across the channel, they, and Darwin, put a great deal of time and energy into locating the best possible translators for their writings. Translation was not only a key to reforming British science; it was also essential as a means of circulating the evolutionary worldview of scientific naturalism globally. But Darwin, Huxley, and Tyndall were not fully prepared for the challenges they would encounter in authorizing translations of their own works.

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Authors & Contributors
Lightman, Bernard V.
Wright, Jeffrey Thomas
Stanley, Matthew
Levine, George
Sulloway, Frank J.
Porter, Theodore M.
Victorian Studies
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of Collections
Journal of Biosciences
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
University of Chicago Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Dartmouth College Press
Science and religion
Methodology of science; scientific method
Natural history
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Darwin, Charles Robert
Tyndall, John
Hooker, Joseph Dalton
Spencer, Herbert
Maxwell, James Clerk
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
Great Britain
Metaphysical Society

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