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Boyle: Between God and Science by Michael Hunter (review)

Boyle: Between God and Science by Michael Hunter (review) deville or Swift. Building on such offerings, righteous Victorians condemned and caricatured their eighteenth-century forebears as superstitious, corrupt, ignorant, enthusiastic, and excessive. But Ms. Innes provides an important corrective to aspects of this distorted Victorian vision of that age; her chapters on Parliament, politics and policy, on legislation, statutory and local authorities, and especially on the emerging capacity of the state--in all of its metropolitan and municipal, and regional and rural guises--reveal a Hanoverian England much more aware and able to acquire, to assimilate, and to act upon information and instruction, if not immediately. Richard Connors University of Ottawa MICHAEL HUNTER. Boyle: Between God and Science. New Haven: Yale, 2009. Pp. xiii 366. $55; $28 (paper). In the seventeenth-century history of science, no figure has risen so remarkably as Robert Boyle. Thirty years ago, he was certainly significant, but the 1985 publication of Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer's Leviathan and the Air Pump and the subsequent luxuriant Boyle industry, which rivals those of Newton and Darwin, have turned him into a Leviathan of the scientific `revolution. Mr. Hunter and Edward B. Davis issued a new edition of Boyle's works (fourteen volumes, 1999­ 2000) to replace the eighteenth-century one, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats

Boyle: Between God and Science by Michael Hunter (review)

The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats , Volume 45 (2)

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deville or Swift. Building on such offerings, righteous Victorians condemned and caricatured their eighteenth-century forebears as superstitious, corrupt, ignorant, enthusiastic, and excessive. But Ms. Innes provides an important corrective to aspects of this distorted Victorian vision of that age; her chapters on Parliament, politics and policy, on legislation, statutory and local authorities, and especially on the emerging capacity of the state--in all of its metropolitan and municipal, and regional and rural guises--reveal a Hanoverian England much more aware and able to acquire, to assimilate, and to act upon information and instruction, if not immediately. Richard Connors University of Ottawa MICHAEL HUNTER. Boyle: Between God and Science. New Haven: Yale, 2009. Pp. xiii 366. $55; $28 (paper). In the seventeenth-century history of science, no figure has risen so remarkably as Robert Boyle. Thirty years ago, he was certainly significant, but the 1985 publication of Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer's Leviathan and the Air Pump and the subsequent luxuriant Boyle industry, which rivals those of Newton and Darwin, have turned him into a Leviathan of the scientific `revolution. Mr. Hunter and Edward B. Davis issued a new edition of Boyle's works (fourteen volumes, 1999­ 2000) to replace the eighteenth-century one,

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