Arabella Burton Buckley (1840-1929) was a writer and science educator who championed Darwinian evolution as opposed to the contemporary emphasis on competition and physical survival. This work, one of Buckley's earliest, includes a collection of ten scientific lectures delivered to an audience of children in 1878. The lectures were reformatted into chapters and published as The Fairy-Land of Science the following year (1879).
Buckley tended to avoid technical language in her writing and instead use narrative and metaphor to make her work accessible to a wide audience, especially young readers. She was a proponent of distancing science from the mechanistic and materialistic philosophies it was sometimes connected to. Instead, Buckley opted to promote science education in moralistic terms: learning as a means to not only become knowledgeable, but also morally good.
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Buckley, Arabella B. (Arabella Burton). “The Fairy-Land of Science.” London, England: E. Standford, 1883. Q163 .B83 1883. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/o6hvpac.
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