Science and Belief

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What would life be like if British society had taken a different path in the mid-nineteenth century? What if science was seen as having all the answers, subjects like phrenology continued to be taken seriously, and other branches of knowledge were outlawed completely? A number of things might have gone off the rails: asking questions about meaning or belief in a deity could have been seen as so shameful they were made illegal, perhaps women would have been denied any kind of education, and people of other races might have been treated with even more suspicion than they were already.

This scenario is the setting for The Curious Crime, a book for older children by Julia Golding. It is the first of a new series of resources catalysed by a project based at The Faraday Institute, which is led by Lizzie Henderson, Steph Bryant, and Denis…

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