Victorian Scientific Travellers
ISBN10: 0691048436 ISBN13: 9780691048437 Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr Published: Oct 13 1997 Pages: 276 Weight: 0.85lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Whether looking for the sources of the Nile, the Niger, or the Amazon, penetrating the Australian outback, or searching for the Northwest Passage, the Victorians were intrepid explorers, zealously expanding the limits of science and human knowledge. In Bright Paradise, Peter Raby describes brave voyages and gives us vivid and unforgettable portraits of the larger-than-life personalities of Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and Henry Bates, glorious examples of Victorian energy and confidence. He also explores wider issues such as the growth of knowledge and the spread of the empire.Witty, provocative, and exciting in the breadth of its research, this book charts an important period of scientific advance and transforms it into a compelling narrative.