, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 181–194 | Cite as

Mysticism and Marxism: A.S. Eddington, Chapman Cohen, and Political Engagement Through Science Popularization

  • Matthew StanleyEmail author


This paper argues that that political context of British science popularization in the inter-war period was intimately tied to contemporary debates about religion and science. A leading science popularizer, the Quaker astronomer A.S. Eddington, and one of his opponents, the materialist Chapman Cohen, are examined in detail to show the intertwined nature of science, philosophy, religion, and politics.


Eddington, Arthur Stanley  Cohen, Chapman Popular science History of science Science and religion Science and politics 


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  1. 1.Gallatin SchoolNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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