Erasmus Darwin: Master of Interdisciplinary Science
Author: King-Hele, Desmond
Source: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Volume 10, Number 2, June 1985 , pp. 170-191(22)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802) was by profession a physician, at Lichfield and later Derby, and was widely regarded as the leading doctor in Britain, author of the massive treatise Zoonomia (1794–6). His many original contributions to science cover a wide range of disciplines, including physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology, plant growth and nutrition and evolutionary biology. He was a prolific inventor, a close friend of Boulton and Watt, and a leading spirit in the ‘Lunar Society’ of Birmingham. In the 1790s he became the most famous poet of the day with his Botanic Garden, which greatly influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth and others.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1985-06-01