This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. This book describes a very particular moment in the history of British scientific culture. The interactions of literature and science in the 1820s, 30s, and 40s were made excitable, urgent, and energetic by the sense that control was being lost. By some time around 1860, even the attempt to cope had been given up. On the whole literature and science settled into considering one another as definitively different systems of knowledge, with no individual expected to master both. To follow the themes of this book into British literary and scientific culture beyond the mid-1850s would require a different method of reading and argument.
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