Inscribed first edition of this entertaining historical survey of physics and astronomy for the "modern girl."
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
"At last, however, girls have come into their own. No knowledge is withheld from their eager gaze; the World is at their feet."
THE HILARIOUS UNIVERSE begins with an overview of recent changes in women's access to education, from the limitations of the Victorian era to the new age of professional women in the wake of the 1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which removed the legal obstacles for appointing women to public offices or participating in professions like law. A witty, irreverent tone carries the book, often dipping into condescension to its target audience, but just as often cheering on their potential. The book provides an overview of developments in physics and astronomy from the Ancient Greeks, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, into the Newtonian Revolution, and finally to more recent discoveries about the nature of the atom and Einstein's contributions. An unusual and culturally revealing approach to popular science education for women, in which even the index is footnoted with jokes.
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1932. Full title: The Hilarious Universe: being Angela's guide to Einstein – and <em>that </em>crush. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original green cloth, gilt-stamped vignette of an apple falling on Newton from a tree, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (4s. 6d. net) brown pictorial dust jacket printed in red and black. Illustrated by Derrick throughout in black and white. , 130 pages. Inscribed by Dark in ink on the front endpaper: "A.A. Harper / with the author's / best wishes. / Dec. 1932." Aside from moderate shelfsoil to rear panel and spine, just a tiny bit of rubbing to spine extremities, else jacket remarkably bright and entirely intact. Book a trifle dusty with faint foxing on fore-edge and half title only.
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