"Adelman's book contains much fine research, and as a monograph derived from doctoral inquiry demonstrates a high level of achievement. The tracing of the post-Famine reactions to science is well handled and provides a compelling portrait of a country engaging in the spectacle of scientific exhibitions to bolster national pride and assert its determination to become a progressive state."
"Historians of Irish history, as well as historians of science in Ireland, will find much enlightenment here."
—British Journal for the History of Science
"Dr. Adelman has put all students of nineteenth-century Irish history in her debt by producing such a well-researched, well-presented and stimulating study."
—Irish Historical Studies
"It is a pleasure to have an important contribution like this . . . Irish historians tend to ignore science and technology, but this is a volume they all should read."