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Seashell Sound

Stefan Helmreich, Sophia Roosth, and Michele Friedner

in Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164809
eISBN:
9781400873869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164809.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines what sounds are generated from seashells. In his 1915 Book of Wonders, popular science writer Rudolph Bodmer explains that “the sounds we hear when we hold a sea shell to the ... More


Professional Borders in Popular Media

Colleen Derkatch

in Bounding Biomedicine: Evidence and Rhetoric in the New Science of Alternative Medicine

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226345840
eISBN:
9780226345987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226345987.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines scientific boundary work in popular reporting on biomedical research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), particularly a special report in Newsweek magazine on the ... More


Popular Science Magazines

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The move from books to magazines takes us into different territory, although there was some overlap between the kind of popular science written for self-education in the two formats. Magazines were ... More


Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Peter J. Bowler

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Recent scholarship has revealed that pioneering Victorian scientists endeavored through voluminous writing to raise public interest in science and its implications. But it has generally been assumed ... More


The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China

Sigrid Schmalzer

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226738598
eISBN:
9780226738611
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226738611.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the 1920s an international team of scientists and miners unearthed the richest evidence of human evolution the world had ever seen—Peking Man—which, after the communist revolution of 1949, became ... More


Encyclopedias and Serial Publications

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In addition to the book series issued by conventional publishers, educational material on science also featured in other formats aimed at the market for self-improvement. Encyclopedias abounded, ... More


Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Aileen Fyfe

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226276472
eISBN:
9780226276465
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to ... More


“presumptuous Guests Usurp the Hosts”: Dissemination and Participation, 1971–1978

Sigrid Schmalzer

in The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226738598
eISBN:
9780226738611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226738611.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Historical accounts of science in twentieth-century China typically have little good to say of the Cultural Revolution—and often little at all. Perhaps even more than in other fields, the Cultural ... More


‘The Ablest Race’: The Ancient Greeks in Victorian Racial Theory

Debbie Challis

in Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199584727
eISBN:
9780191595301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584727.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter considers how the idealization of the human body in Greek art, as defined by Winckelmann, fed the theory that physical beauty and racial perfection were to be found among the ancient ... More


Introduction: Scientists, Experts, and the Public

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Historians have shown how the development of science in Victorian Britain was shaped by the interaction between working scientists and the general public, yet we know surprisingly little about the ... More


Creating an Audience

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Considering how much popular science literature was produced in Britain during the Victorian period, it is surprising to find that in the early decades of the twentieth century, publishers claimed ... More


How Idivorced My Robot Wife: Visionary Futures between Science and Literature

Paola Iovene

in Tales of Futures Past: Anticipation and the Ends of Literature in Contemporary China

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780804789370
eISBN:
9780804791601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789370.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The chapter discusses forgotten publications dealing with the technological futures of humanity, including popular science magazines, children’s literature, and science fiction and films from the ... More


Practical Knowledge for All

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Some of the revolutionary developments in science had immediate practical implications. And it was these applications that were most likely to catch the attention of general readers. There was some ... More


Conclusion

Sigrid Schmalzer

in The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226738598
eISBN:
9780226738611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226738611.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter presents some final thoughts from the author, and discusses how human identity is a critical analytical category in studying modern Chinese history. It notes popular culture's influence ... More


Introduction

Oliver Gaycken

in Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199860685
eISBN:
9780190235987
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860685.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The introduction lays out the framework for the book. It positions early popular-science films between the disciplines of cinema history and the history of science. It provides a rationale for the ... More


Rival Ideologies of Science

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Publishers and authors—including scientists—usually hoped to make money from popular science literature, but most of the authors also had deeper motivations. Some scientists felt that it was ... More


Science For and By the Public

Stephen Gaukroger

in Civilization and the Culture of Science: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1795-1935

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198849070
eISBN:
9780191883347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849070.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

As scientific values became embedded in those of civilization, a new set of demands was made on science. The association of science and civilization, crucial to the standing of science in the modern ... More


“The Sympathy of a Crowd”: Imagining Scientific Communities in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Entomology Periodicals

Matthew Wale

in Science Periodicals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Constructing Scientific Communities

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226676517
eISBN:
9780226683461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226683461.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter is a case study of the Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer (1856-61), the first weekly natural-history periodical, which was dedicated to the subject of collecting and studying insects. ... More


The Big Picture

in Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226068633
eISBN:
9780226068664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the nineteenth century, the impact of new ideas about the origin of the earth, life, and humanity had provoked passionate public debates and a transformation of religious beliefs. These issues ... More


Willy Ley: Prophet of the Space Age

Jared S. Buss

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054438
eISBN:
9780813053172
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054438.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This book is an academic biography of Willy Ley (1906-1969), an influential American science writer and rocket expert. During the 1940s and 1950s, Ley became a scientific celebrity in the United ... More


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