Academy,  2 (1870–71), 469–71.

Recent Alpine Literature

James R Thursfield



Publications reviewed:

Tyndall 1871c


Scientific Naturalism, Glaciology, Fieldwork, Laboratories, Anti-Scientism, Feeling, Imagination

    Admits that 'we all know how Dr. Tyndall has made the glaciers his laboratory, and has contributed more than any living man to our knowledge of their phenomena', but finds nevertheless that Tyndall's 'emotional relation [...] to the mountains' is 'less genuine and spontaneous' than that of a less scientifically-minded climber like Leslie Stephen (469). In fact, 'Dr. Tyndall's mind, saturated as it is with scientific ideas, refuses to accept others, so that even the expression of emotion naturally takes a scientific form' (469–70). For him 'science seems to do duty for emotion' and also 'seems to take the place of humour' (470).

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