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Science and literature: a tale of two Dickens

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2169 (Published 16 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2169
  1. Alison Shepherd
  1. The BMJ

The name Charles Dickens is synonymous with Victorian literature; his epic, expansive tales of 19th century London and beyond cemented in the canon of English fiction. But few realise that he was also one of his era’s great scientific communicators.

Friends with Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, Ada Lovelace, and Florence Nightingale, Dickens, …

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