Polite society and perceptions of the sun and the moon in the Athenian Mercury and the British Apollo, 1691-1711

Roos, Anna Marie (2003) Polite society and perceptions of the sun and the moon in the Athenian Mercury and the British Apollo, 1691-1711. In: Didactic literature in the British Atlantic world, 1500-1800: expertise constructed. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 79-99. ISBN 0754606694

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Abstract

Works by scholars such as Keith Thomas, Ann Geneva, and Patrick Curry have demonstrated a welcome concern in the history of science with the analysis of connections between the new science and popular culture in the early modern era.i This paper further examines such interactions by delineating the perceptions in didactic literature of two ubiquitous objects of the natural world in late seventeenth and eighteenth-century England--the sun and the moon. More specifically, we will analyze solar and lunar attitudes in works of popularized astronomy and subscription newspapers from 1680 to 1720 to gauge the acceptance of scientific principles throughout early modern English society.

Keywords:sun, moon, early modern English newspapers, Athenian Mercury, British Apollo, history of science
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:8079
Deposited On:18 Mar 2013 12:35

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