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The Theater of Experiment: Staging Natural Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Al Coppola


The first book-length study of the relationship of science and theater during the long eighteenth century in Britain, The Theater of Experiment explores crucial role of spectacle in the establishment of modern science by analyzing how eighteenth-century science was “staged” in a double sense. On the one hand, this study analyzes science in performance: the way that science and scientists were made a public spectacle in comedies, farces, and pantomimes for purposes that could range from the satiric to the pedagogic to the hagiographic. But this book also considers the way in which these plays l ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, spectacle, science, theater, natural philosophy, experiment, performance, eighteenth century, satire, Restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190269715
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269715.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Al Coppola, author
Assistant Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York