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Victorian popularizers of science : designing nature for new audiences

Author: Bernard V Lightman
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard V Lightman
ISBN: 9780226481180 0226481182
OCLC Number: 123029811
Description: xvi, 545 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Bernard Lightman.
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Focuses on the journalists and writers who wrote about science for a general audience in the second half of the nineteenth century. This title examines more than thirty of the popularizers of the  Read more...


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"The book is a substantial work of scholarship rather than a casual read, and it offers much for historians of science as well as students of popular writing." - Jon Turney, Times Higher Education Read more...

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