The Cultural Impact of Science in the Early Twentieth Century

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Being Modern: Introduction

Section 1: Science, modernity and culture

1 Multiple modernisms in concert: the sciences, technology and culture in Vienna around 1900

2 The cinematic sound of industrial modernity: first notes

3 Woolf’s atom, Eliot’s catalyst and Richardson’s waves of light: science and modernism in 1919

4 T.S. Eliot: modernist literature, disciplines and the systematic pursuit of knowledge

Section 2: Tensions over science

5 Modernity and the ambivalent significance of applied science: motors, wireless, telephones and poison gas

6 ‘The springtime of science’: modernity and the future and past of science

7 ‘Come on you demented modernists, let’s hear from you’:r science fans as literary critics in the 1930s

Section 3: Mathematics and physics

8 Modern by numbers: modern mathematics as a model for literary modernism

9 Sculpture in the Belle Epoque: mathematics, art and apparitions in school and gallery

10 Architecture, science and purity

11 A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Ham: wireless, modernity and interwar nuclear physics

12 Whose modernism, whose speed? Designing mobility for the future, 1880s–1945

Section 4: Life, biology and the organicist metaphor

13 Ludwig Koch’s birdsong on wartime BBC radio: knowledge, citizenship and solace

14 ‘More Modern than the Moderns’: performing cultural evolution in the Kibbo Kift Kindred

15 Organicism and the modern world: from A.N. Whitehead to Wyndham Lewis and D.H. Lawrence

16 Liquid crystal as chemical form and model of thinking in Alfred Döblin’s modernist science

17 ‘I am attracted to the natural order of things’:r Le Corbusier’s rejection of the machine

Epilogue: Science after modernity

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The Cultural Impact of
Science in the Early
Twentieth Century

Edited by
Robert Bud

Paul Greenhalgh
Frank/ James
Morag Shiach