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Selection of 19th Century Scientific Verse

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The Selection of 19th Century Scientific Verse is a delightful collection of poems that showcase the intersection of science and art during the Romantic period. The anthology features works from a variety of poets, each offering a unique perspective on the wonders of the natural world.

From the exploration of the stars to the study of microscopic organisms, these poems capture the excitement and curiosity that defined the scientific advancements of the 19th century. The poets skillfully weave together technical knowledge with lyrical language, creating a harmonious blend of fact and beauty.

Whether you are an avid science enthusiast or a poetry lover, this collection is sure to captivate and inspire. Each poem serves as a reminder of the profound impact that scientific discovery can have on the human spirit, illuminating the beauty and complexity of the world around us.

Overall, the Selection of 19th Century Scientific Verse is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of science and literature. It offers a glimpse into a time when these two disciplines were closely intertwined, and celebrates the innovative thinkers who dared to explore the unknown.

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In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was common for discoveries in branches of science such as botany, astronomy and medicine to be described in book-length treatises in verse. By the end of the 19th century this mode of popularising science was falling from favour as the studies of science and the humanities diverged and study became more specialised.

This small selection of somewhat lighter-hearted verse written by distinguished scientists and mathematicians of the day includes poems by James Clerk Maxwell, William J. Macquorn Rankine and James Joseph Sylvester.

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