A Selection of 19th Century Scientific Verse

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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)

Genre(s): Poetry, Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 To F. W. F. James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:09:04
Play 02 Lines Written Under the Conviction that it is Not Wise to Read Mathematics in November After One's Fire is Out James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:04:58
Play 03 A Problem in Dynamics James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:06:23
Play 04 In Memory of Edward Wilson: Rigid Body James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:01:20
Play 05 Valentine by a Telegraph Clerk (Male) to a Telegraph Clerk (Female) James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:01:28
Play 06 Lectures to Women on Physical Science James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:05:13
Play 07 To the Chief Musician upon Nabla James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:04:20
Play 08 To the Committee of the Cayley Portrait Fund James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:01:58
Play 09 Molecular Evolution James Clerk Maxwell Etext Ruth Golding
00:02:24
Play 10 The Mathematician in Love William John Macquorn Rankine Etext Ruth Golding
00:03:37
Play 11 The Three-foot Rule: a Song about Standards of Measure William John Macquorn Rankine Etext Ruth Golding
00:02:19
Play 12 To a Missing Member of a Family Group of Terms in an Algebraical Formula James Joseph Sylvester Etext Ruth Golding
00:01:29
Play 13 The Infant Metaphysician William John Macquorn Rankine Etext Ruth Golding
00:02:29