The Proctor-Parkes Incident: Politics, Protestants and Popular Astronomy in Australia in 1880
Historical Records of Australian Science
28(1) 26 - 36
Published: 08 May 2017
AbstractHenry Parkes' intervention to placate the Sabbatarian movement and prevent British astronomer Richard Proctor from delivering an astronomical lecture on Sunday 5 September 1880 created a major controversy in the Australian colonies. Controversy had been central to much of Proctor's success, and in this case drew on a long-standing connection between astronomy and religion. An examination of the Proctor-Parkes incident shows how popular science works in culture by drawing on and sustaining the analogical connections between scientific ideas and broader cultural concerns.
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