Scientists in industrialized England commanded public respect, even veneration. Their widely publicized discoveries promised to elucidate the mysteries of nature, to harness natural forces for human purposes, to increase productivity in fields and factories and to improve the odds in the struggle against disease. The scientific method itself was celebrated as the surest means of attaining truth.
Physics and Psychic Research in Victorian and Edwardian England
Janet Oppenheim; Physics and Psychic Research in Victorian and Edwardian England. Physics Today 1 May 1986; 39 (5): 62–70. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.881027
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