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Author Coppola, Al, author.

Title The theater of experiment : staging natural philosophy in eighteenth-century Britain / Al Coppola
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
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Contents Introduction -- The spectacle of experiment and the politics of virtuoso satire in the 1670s -- Retraining the virtuoso's gaze: The emperor of the moon and the Spectacles of science and politics -- Physiology, commerce and comedy: Three hours after marriage and A bold stroke for a wife -- Harlequin Newton: Faustus pantomimes and public science in the 1720s -- Modest witnesses and eager spectators: engendering enlightenment science -- Epilogue: rehearsing spectacle
Summary The Theater of Experiment explores the crucial role of spectacle in the establishment of modern science. It analyzes eighteenth-century theatrical representations of science in order to demonstrate how experimental natural philosophy was itself a kind of performing art that was shaped by a wider culture of spectacle in the Enlightenment
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English drama -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
English drama -- Restoration, 1660-1700 -- History and criticism.
Satire, English -- History and criticism.
Science in literature.
Literature and science -- England -- History -- 18th century
Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
DRAMA -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English drama -- Restoration.
English drama.
Literature and science.
Satire, English.
Science in literature.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0190269723