The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century

  • Kristine Larsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kristine Larsen
    Pages 27-49
  3. Kristine Larsen
    Pages 173-189
  4. Kristine Larsen
    Pages 191-208
  5. Kristine Larsen
    Pages 209-212
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-216

About this book


The female authors highlighted in this monograph represent a special breed of science writer, women who not only synthesized the science of their day (often drawing upon their own direct experience in the laboratory, field, classroom, and/or public lecture hall), but used their works to simultaneously educate, entertain, and, in many cases, evangelize. Women played a central role in the popularization of science in the 19th century, as penning such works (written for an audience of other women and children) was considered proper "women's work." Many of these writers excelled in a particular literary technique known as the "familiar format," in which science is described in the form of a conversation between characters, especially women and children. However, the biological sciences were considered more “feminine” than the natural sciences (such as astronomy and physics), hence the number of geological “conversations” was limited. This, in turn, makes the few that were completed all the more crucial to analyze.


Familiar Format Women and Science Women and Geology 19th Century Science 19th Century Writers Women Science Writers

Authors and affiliations

  • Kristine Larsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Geological SciencesCentral Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64951-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64952-8
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