Autumn Books

Hidden Histories of Science

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1101
  1. William Foulkes

    Edited by Robert B Silvers New York Review Books, $19.95, pp 193 ISBN 0 940322 03 X

    From Humphry Davy's farewell letter to Samuel Coleridge of 1804 (on the poet's departure for Malta), it is clear that they were close friends. Their correspondence makes plain their joint interest in chemistry and poetry: the word “science” was not widely used at that time and both Davy and Coleridge could be said to be investigating nature. Increasingly since then, science and art seem to have diverged, such that the discourse of the practitioners of one may be quite unintelligible to the other. The New York Review of …

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