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Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences
     

Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences

by Bernard Lightman
 

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ISBN-10: 0226481182

ISBN-13: 9780226481180

Pub. Date: 12/01/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226481180
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
564
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 
Acknowledgments 

Chapter 1
Historians, Popularizers, and the Victorian Scene 
Chapter 2
Anglican Theologies of Nature in a Post-Darwinian Era 
Chapter 3
Redefining the Maternal Tradition 
Chapter 4
The Showmen of Science: Wood, Pepper, and Visual Spectacle 
Chapter 5
The Evolution of the Evolutionary Epic 
Chapter 6
The Science Periodical: Proctor and the Conduct of “Knowledge” 
Chapter 7
Practitioners Enter the Field: Huxley and Ball as Popularizers 
Chapter 8
Science Writing on New Grub Street 
Conclusion
Remapping the Terrain 

Bibliography 
Index 

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