The accumulation of knowledge or, William Whewell's eye

Edwards, Stephen (2001). The accumulation of knowledge or, William Whewell's eye. In: Purbrick, Louise ed. The Great Exhibition of 1851: New Interdisciplinary Essays. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 26–52.

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Abstract

This essay focuses on a Punch cartoon and article on the 1851 exhibition by a leading scientific intellectual of the time. It centres on the exhibition as a site for the emergence of middle-class expertise. In particular, it is concerned with the production of a disembodied viewer as objective witness. While it does draw on archival work, it is an inventive piece of reading and methodological speculation.

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