'"A lavishly illustrated, well-written book on a fascinating topic."
—British Society for Literature and Science
"Carroll persuasively establishes the historical specificity of eccentricity to nineteenth-century scientific, literary, and popular culture, as well as the formative way eccentricity functioned in relation to scientific disciplines."
—History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
"Original and engaging . . . Caroll's book makes a compelling case for the historical investigation of these figures."
"This highly creative and easily readable work offers us a new and insightful series of categories for historical analysis and research."