Women and Enlightenment Science

I really enjoy the BBC (and Melvyn Bragg)’s In Our time podcasts… this is another (from BBC4, Thursday 4th November 2010, 21:30):

“Women and Enlightenment Science

Duration: 45 minutes

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the role played by women in Enlightenment science. During the eighteenth century the opportunities for women to gain a knowledge of science were minimal. Universities and other institutions devoted to research were the preserve of men. Yet many important contributions to the science of the Enlightenment were made by women.

These ranged from major breakthroughs like those of the British astronomer Caroline Herschel, the first woman to discover a comet, to important translations of scientific literature such as Emilie du Chatelet’s French version of Newton’s Principia – and all social classes were involved, from the aristocratic amateur botanists to the women artisans who worked in London’s workshops manufacturing scientific instruments.


Patricia Fara Senior Tutor at Clare College, University of Cambridge

Karen O’Brien Professor of English at the University of Warwick

Judith Hawley Professor of 18th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London

Producer: Thomas Morris.”



About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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