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The Showmen of Science <i>Wood, Pepper, and Visual Spectacle</i>

in Victorian Popularizers of Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226481180
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226481173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226481173.003.0004
The Showmen of Science Wood, Pepper, and Visual Spectacle

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This chapter examines the works of John George Wood and John Henry Pepper, considered as showmen popularizers of science in Victorian England, both of whom took advantage of the pictorial turn in British culture to offer their audiences spectacle and vivid visual images. Visual images provided Wood with a powerful vehicle for presenting his theology of nature. Pepper's optical illusions helped the Royal Polytechnic Institution survive the impact of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Keywords: John George Wood; John Henry Pepper; popularizers of science; Victorian England; visual images; theology of nature; optical illusions; Royal Polytechnic Institution; Great Exhibition

Chapter.  19148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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