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Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences

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The ideas of Charles Darwin and his fellow Victorian scientists have had an abiding effect on the modern world. But at the time The Origin of Species was published in 1859, the British public looked not to practicing scientists but to a growing group of professional writers and journalists to interpret the larger meaning of scientific theories in terms they could understand and in ways they could appreciate. Victorian Popularizers of Science focuses on this important group of men and women who wrote about science for a general audience in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Bernard Lightman examines more than thirty of the most prolific, influential, and interesting popularizers of the day, investigating the dramatic lecturing techniques, vivid illustrations, and accessible literary styles they used to communicate with their audience. By focusing on a forgotten coterie of science writers, their publishers, and their public, Lightman offers new insights into the role of women in scientific inquiry, the market for scientific knowledge, tensions between religion and science, and the complexities of scientific authority in nineteenth-century Britain.

Synopsis:

Bernard Lightman is professor of humanities at York University, Toronto, editor of the journal Isis, editor of Victorian Science in Context, and coeditor of Science in the Marketplace, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Historians, popularizers, and the Victorian scene — Anglican theologies of nature in a post-Darwinian era — Redefining the maternal tradition — The showmen of science : wood, pepper, and visual spectacle — The evolution of the evolutionary epic — The science periodical : Proctor and the conduct of "knowledge" — Practitioners enter the field : Huxley and Ball as popularizers — Science writing on New Grub Street — Conclusion: Remapping the terrain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226481173
Subtitle:
Designing Nature for New Audiences
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Bernard V. Lightman
Author:
ity in nineteenth-century Britain.
Author:
Lightman, Bernard V.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Media Studies - Print Media
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Great Britain Social conditions.
Subject:
Science -- Great Britain -- History.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20071201
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
545

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
Reference » Publishing
Reference » Science Reference » General
Reference » Writing » Writing as a Business
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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"Synopsis" by , Bernard Lightman is professor of humanities at York University, Toronto, editor of the journal Isis, editor of Victorian Science in Context, and coeditor of Science in the Marketplace, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
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