A Selection of 19th Century Scientific Verse


Read by Ruth Golding

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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. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(0 hr 47 min)

Chapters

To F. W. F. 9:04 Read by Ruth Golding
Lines Written Under the Conviction that it is Not Wise to Read Mathematics in N… 4:58 Read by Ruth Golding
A Problem in Dynamics 6:23 Read by Ruth Golding
In Memory of Edward Wilson: Rigid Body 1:20 Read by Ruth Golding
Valentine by a Telegraph Clerk (Male) to a Telegraph Clerk (Female) 1:28 Read by Ruth Golding
Lectures to Women on Physical Science 5:13 Read by Ruth Golding
To the Chief Musician upon Nabla 4:20 Read by Ruth Golding
To the Committee of the Cayley Portrait Fund 1:58 Read by Ruth Golding
Molecular Evolution 2:24 Read by Ruth Golding
The Mathematician in Love 3:37 Read by Ruth Golding
The Three-foot Rule: a Song about Standards of Measure 2:19 Read by Ruth Golding
To a Missing Member of a Family Group of Terms in an Algebraical Formula 1:29 Read by Ruth Golding
The Infant Metaphysician 2:29 Read by Ruth Golding