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The Invention of Telepathy
The belief in telepathy is still widely held and yet it remains much disputed by scientists. Roger Luckhurst explores the origins of the term in the late nineteenth century. Telepathy mixed physical and mental sciences, new technologies and old superstitions, and it fascinated many famous people in the late Victorian era: Sigmund Freud, Thomas Huxley, Henry James, Robert L ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published August 22nd 2002 by OUP Oxford
(first published 2002)
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