Book ID: CBB321801843

Physics and Psychics: The Occult and the Sciences in Modern Britain (2020)

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Noakes, Richard J. (Author)


Cambridge University Press


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 418
Language: English

This is the first systematic exploration of the intriguing connections between Victorian physical sciences and the study of the controversial phenomena broadly classified as psychic, occult and paranormal. These phenomena included animal magnetism, spirit-rapping, telekinesis and telepathy. Richard Noakes shows that psychic phenomena interested far more Victorian scientists than we have previously assumed, challenging the view of these scientists as individuals clinging rigidly to a materialistic worldview. Physicists, chemists and other physical scientists studied psychic phenomena for a host of scientific, philosophical, religious and emotional reasons, and many saw such investigations as exciting new extensions to their theoretical and experimental researches. While these attempted extensions were largely unsuccessful, they laid the foundations of modern day explorations of the connections between physics and psychic phenomena. This revelatory study challenges our view of the history of physics, and deepens our understanding of the relationships between science and the occult, and science and religion.

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Review Heather Wolffram (2021) Review of "Physics and Psychics: The Occult and the Sciences in Modern Britain". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 628-629). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kyle Falcon
Pareti, Germana
Sommer, Andreas
Noakes, Richard
Taves, Ann
Sera-Shriar, Efram
Journals
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
The Senses and Society
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Medical History
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Publishers
Boston College
Yale University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Chicago Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Routledge
Concepts
Parapsychology; psychic phenomena
Science and religion
Occult sciences
Spiritualism
Telepathy
Psychology
People
Myers, Frederic William Henry
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Schrenck-Notzing, Albert von
Newton, Isaac
Moll, Albert
Lodge, Oliver
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
Enlightenment
20th century, late
18th century
17th century
Places
Great Britain
United States
Germany
Italy
Hungary
France
Institutions
Society for Psychical Research
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