Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences

Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences

by Aileen Fyfe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226276503

ISBN-13: 9780226276502

Pub. Date: 10/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The nineteenth century was an age of transformation in science, when scientists were rewarded for their startling new discoveries with increased social status and authority.  But it was also a time when ordinary people from across the social spectrum were given the opportunity to participate in science, for education, entertainment, or both. In Victorian

Overview

The nineteenth century was an age of transformation in science, when scientists were rewarded for their startling new discoveries with increased social status and authority.  But it was also a time when ordinary people from across the social spectrum were given the opportunity to participate in science, for education, entertainment, or both. In Victorian Britain science could be encountered in myriad forms and in countless locations: in panoramic shows, exhibitions, and galleries; in city museums and country houses; in popular lectures; and even in domestic conversations that revolved around the latest books and periodicals.


Science in the Marketplace reveals this other side of Victorian scientific life by placing the sciences in the wider cultural marketplace, ultimately showing that the creation of new sites and audiences was just as crucial to the growing public interest in science as were the scientists themselves. By focusing attention on the scientific audience, as opposed to the scientific community or self-styled popularizers, Science in the Marketplace ably links larger societal changes—in literacy, in industrial technologies, and in leisure—to the evolution of “popular science.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226276502
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors

1. Science in the Marketplace: An Introduction
Aileen Fyfe and Bernard Lightman
Section I: Orality

2. How Scientific Conversation Became Shop Talk
James A. Secord

3. The Diffusion of Phrenology through Public Lecturing
John van Wyhe

4. Lecturing in the Spatial Economy of Science
Bernard Lightman
Section II: Print

5. Publishing “Popular Science” in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain
Jonathan R. Topham

6. Sensitive, Bashful, and Chaste? Articulating the Mimosa in Science
Ann B. Shteir

7. Reading Natural History at the British Museum and the Pictorial Museum
Aileen Fyfe

8. Illuminating the Expert-Consumer Relationship in Domestic Electricity
Graeme Gooday
Section III: Display

9. Natural History on Display: The Collection of Charles Waterton
Victoria Carroll

10. Science at the Crystal Focus of the World
Richard Bellon

11. “More the Aspect of Magic than Anything Natural”: The Philosophy of Demonstration
Iwan Rhys Morus

12. The Museum Affect: Visiting Collections of Anatomy and Natural History
Samuel J. M. M. Alberti

Index

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