Science for All: The Popularization of Science in Early by Peter J. Bowler

By Peter J. Bowler

Contemporary scholarship has printed that pioneering Victorian scientists endeavored via voluminous writing to elevate public curiosity in technological know-how and its implications. however it has regularly been assumed that after technological know-how grew to become a career round the flip of the century, this new new release of scientists became its collective again on public outreach. technology for All debunks this apocryphal notion.Peter J. Bowler surveys the books, serial works, magazines, and newspapers released among 1900 and the outbreak of worldwide struggle II to teach that working towards scientists have been very lively in writing approximately their paintings for a normal readership. technological know-how for All argues that the social surroundings of early twentieth-century Britain created a considerable marketplace for technological know-how books and magazines aimed toward those that had benefited from greater secondary schooling yet couldn't entry larger learning. Scientists came upon it effortless and ecocnomic to jot down for this viewers, Bowler finds, and since their paintings used to be visible as academic, they confronted no hostility from their peers. But while admission to schools and universities grew to become extra obtainable within the Sixties, this industry reduced scientists started to become bored in writing on the nonspecialist point. Eagerly expected by means of students of medical engagement in the course of the a while, technological know-how for All sheds mild on our personal period and the ongoing stress among technology and public figuring out.

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Rival ide ologie s of science : 19 provide enough support for science, in part because the governing class did not appreciate the subject. These arguments may have been self-serving, but they were taken seriously within the scientific community. But how was the situation to be changed? Some elite scientists wanted to include science in the educational system so that the next generation of leaders would take it seriously. Given the entrenched support for the idea that education should build character, this meant avoiding any mention of applied science to stress the intellectual and moral values inculcated by research.

11. For details of these surveys, see Bowler, Reconciling Science and Religion, chap. 1. The reports concerned are Arthur H. Tabrum, Religious Beliefs of Scientists, and C. L. Drawbridge, The Religion of Scientists. 12 A number of eminent scientists promoted a reconciliation with religion in literature aimed at both the intellectual elite and the general public. Eddington’s and Jeans’s interpretations of the new physics sold in the tens of thousands. Lodge linked his much-publicized support for spiritualism to a strange mixture of the old ether physics (via the notion of an ethereal body) and the idea of progressive evolution.

407, 487, 441. 23. 5 January 1929, 1. On Wings over Europe, see Charles A. Carpenter, Dramatists and the Bomb, chap. 2. the big picture : 39 tions in 1919, but much of his work at this time was concerned with applying the latest developments in physics to explain the structure and evolution of stars. His ideas were presented to general readers in his Stars and Atoms of 1927. He claimed to have selected those aspects of his work “which admit of comparatively elementary exposition,” although he admitted that the reader would need to concentrate.

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