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Placing Science in an Age of Oratory: Spaces of Scientific Speech in Mid-Victorian Edinburgh

Edited by Diarmid A. Finnegan

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0007
Placing Science in an Age of Oratory: Spaces of Scientific Speech in Mid-Victorian Edinburgh

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This chapter examines the role of the Music Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland as the scientific speech venue of the Edinburgh Philosophical Institution. It discusses the role of speeches in spreading scientific knowledge and explains that speeches at the Music Hall were regulated to ensure that science was delivered appropriately. This chapter also shows that not every speaker at the Music Hall illuminated science's mysteries through verbal artistry and those that did were sometimes received and interpreted in different ways.

Keywords: scientific speeches; Music Hall; Edinburgh; Scotland; Edinburgh Philosophical Institution; scientific knowledge

Chapter.  10578 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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