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Aesthetics, industry, and science Hermann von Helmholtz and the Berlin Physical Society

Wise, M. Norton 1940-

Aesthetics, industry, and science Hermann von Helmholtz and the Berlin Physical Society M. Norton Wise - xxi, 405 Seiten Illustrationen 24 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-392) and index

Zusammenfassung: "On January 5, 1845, the Prussian Cultural Minister received a request by a group of six young men to form a new Physical Society in Berlin. In fields from thermodynamics, mechanics, and electromagnetism to animal electricity, ophthalmology, and psychophysics, members of this small but growing group--which soon included Emil Du Bois-Reymond, Ernst Brucke, Werner Siemens, and Hermann von Helmholtz--established leading positions in what only thirty years later had become a new landscape of natural science. How was this possible? How could a bunch of twenty-somethings succeed in seizing the future? In Aesthetics, Industry, and Science, M. Norton Wise answers these questions not simply from a technical perspective of theories and practices but with a broader cultural view of what was happening in Berlin at the time. He emphasizes in particular how rapid industrial development, military modernization, and the neoclassical aesthetics of contemporary art informed the ways in which these young men thought. Wise argues that aesthetic sensibility and material aspiration in this period were intimately linked, and he uses these two themes for a final reappraisal of Helmholtz's early work. Anyone interested in modern German cultural history, or the history of nineteenth-century German science, will be drawn to this landmark book."--(Provided by publisher.)

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Helmholtz, Hermann von 1821-1894

Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin

Science--History--Germany--Prussia--19th century
Helmholtz, Hermann von
Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin

Class of Spring 2012 Berthold Leibinger Fellow Fellow Written at the Academy


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