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Expeditionary Science: Conflicts of Method in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Geographical Discovery

Edited by Lawrence Dritsas

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/9780226487298.003.0011
Expeditionary Science: Conflicts of Method in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Geographical Discovery

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This chapter examines the conflicts in method of mid-nineteenth century expeditionary science in England, focusing on the geographical discovery of the Central African Lakes. It highlights the tensions between those who had direct experience of foreign lands and the claims of those engaged in the so-called critical geography. This chapter also suggests that different routes to scientific knowledge could be employed and that different reputations for authority could be made or broken in relation to which methods had been practiced in securing what knowledge.

Keywords: expeditionary science; nineteenth century; England; geographical discovery; Central African Lakes; critical geography; scientific knowledge; authority

Chapter.  9011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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