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Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism, and Private Life
by Deborah R. Coen
University of Chicago Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-0-226-11178-0 | Cloth: 978-0-226-11172-8 | Paper: 978-0-226-11173-5
Library of Congress Classification DB844.E98C64 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 509.2243613

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Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty traces the vital and varied roles of science through the story of three generations of the eminent Exner family, whose members included Nobel Prize–winning biologist Karl Frisch, the teachers of Freud and of physicist Erwin Schrödinger, artists of the Vienna Secession, and a leader of Vienna’s women’s movement. Training her critical eye on the Exners through the rise and fall of Austrian liberalism and into the rise of the Third Reich, Deborah R. Coen demonstrates the interdependence of the family’s scientific and domestic lives, exploring the ways in which public notions of rationality, objectivity, and autonomy were formed in the private sphere. Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty presents the story of the Exners as a microcosm of the larger achievements and tragedies of Austrian political and scientific life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 


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