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Bloomsbury Scientists

Science and Art in the Wake of Darwin

The Bloomsbury group is famous for its contributions to literature and art. What’s less well-known is that the milieu also included scientists. This book tells the story of the network of scientists living amid the writers and artists in that single square mile of London immediately before and after World War I. Michael Boulter weaves together Bloomsbury’s multidisciplinary narratives of genetics, ecology, postimpressionism, and literature, and draws intricate connections through the friendships, grievances, quarrels, and affections of the movement’s key players. Bloomsbury Scientists offers a fresh perspective on this history at a time when the complex relationship between science and art continues to be debated.

198 pages | 18 illustrations | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2017

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Table of Contents

"1. Two funerals, 1882–3

2. Lankester takes over, 1884–90

3. Eccentric campaigners, 1890s

4. Insiders and outsiders, 1890s

5. A new breed of professional, 1890–1904

6. A new breed of biologist, 1900–10

7. The rise of eugenics, 1901–14

8. Old habits die hard, 1901–14

9. Time passes, 1914–18

10. The one culture, 1920s and 1930s"

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