LONDON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A new exhibition at Charles Dickens Museum has overturned a long-held belief that Britain's renowned novelist has no interest in science.
The exhibition, which runs until Nov. 11, presents a combination of Dickens's writing, belongings and objects related to his scientific interests, including first editions, journals, notes, and letters, as well as telescopes, magic lanterns and important historic publications.
The exhibition, the first of its kind, reveals Dickens's deep and influential interest in medicine, chemistry geology, the energy of the Earth.
"What we are trying to show is that he is interested in a really wide range of science, medicine, geology, physics, chemistry, just at the time that they were really kind of modernizing in Britain and becoming the disciplines that we recognize today," said Adelene Buckland, Guest curator.
Drawing on the evidence of his novels, journalism, letters and exchanges with friends, the exhibition, consisting of four parts, shows Dickens as one of the most powerful science communicators of his age.