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Vienna in the age of uncertainty : science, liberalism, and private life
Coen, Deborah R.
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
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xi, 380 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Introduction : a scientific dynasty -- The mind set free : preparing a liberal society in the 1840s -- In the stream of the world : coming of age in the 1860s -- Memory images : models of reason in the liberal age -- The pigtail of the nineteenth century : determinism in the 1880s -- Afterlife : inheritance at the fin de siècle -- The education of the normal eye : visual learning circa 1900 -- Citizens of the most probable state : the politics of learning, 1908 -- Into the open : measuring uncertainty, 1900-1918 -- The irreplaceable eye : visual statistics, 1914-1926 -- Conclusion : a family's legacy -- Appendix : the Exner-Frisch family tree -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty traces the vital and varied roles of science through the story of three generations of the eminent Exner family, whose members included Nobel Prize-winning biologist Karl Frisch, the teachers of Freud and of physicist Erwin Schrödinger, artists of the Vienna Secession, and a leader of Vienna's women's movement. Training her critical eye on the Exners through the rise and fall of Austrian liberalism and into the rise of the Third Reich, Deborah R. Coen demonstrates the interdependence of the family's scientific and domestic lives, exploring the ways in which public notions of rationality, objectivity, and autonomy were formed in the private sphere. Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty presents the story of the Exners as a microcosm of the larger achievements and tragedies of Austrian political and scientific life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.nbsp;