Aileen Fyfe’s Steam-Powered Knowledge wins Edelstein Prize

Steam-Powered KnowledgeDr Aileen Fyfe‘s book Steam-Powered Knowledge: William Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860 has won the Edelstein Prize, an award given by the Society for the History of Technology. The prize was awarded at the Society’s annual meeting in Portland, Maine, where the book was honoured with a roundtable discussion. Panelists praised Steam-Powered Knowledge for its impeccable research, its lucidity and its production values. Dr Fyfe participated by video-conference, and remarked that “it was wonderful to listen to such esteemed colleagues saying such generous things about my book; and truly humbling to be held up as a model for a new direction in the history of technology – one that would make the history of technology more central to general history.”

Steam-Powered Knowledge has also won the Colby Prize, awarded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals for the book which most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press; and the book was nominated for the North American Victorian Studies Association Book Prize.

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