"Gives us a rich understanding not only of where but also of how Victorian science was practised . . . deserves to be read by scholars of identity, cultural geography and, especially, nineteenth-century science."
—British Society for the History of Science
"A fascinating and engaging read."
—Victorians Institute Journal
"Should be on the shelves of anyone interested in nineteenth-century science in the British Isles."
"In his subtle exploration [of these groups and their practices] Finnegan both advances our understanding of the Victorian man of science and points toward a new kind of history of the scientific self."
"A valuable contribution to the histories and geographies of science."
"Fascinating and instructive."
—Archives of Natural History