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ISBN: 0813535158Издательство: Rutgers University Press
Год издания: 2005
Book Description"This is a fascinating and important study of popular science in America after the mid-nineteenth century, filled with memorable characters and the amazing demonstrations of their wonders."?James B. Gilbert, author of Redeeming Culture: American Religion in an Age of Science "A timely and illuminating exploration of American science and pseudo-science as embodied in ?wonder shows.? Fred Nadis impressively connects these colorful performances to contemporary debates aboutthe power and prestige of traditional science amid recent challenges to science?s intellectual and moral authority. A terrific book!"?Howard Segal, Bird Professor of History, University of Maine "This is a fascinating examination of the boundaries between science, religion, and magic."?Robert W. Rydell, author of All the World?s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876?1916 Imagine a stage full of black cats emitting electrical...