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Understanding Popular Science

Science is a defining feature of the modern world and popular science is where most of us make sense of that fact.

Understanding Popular Science provides a framework to help understand the development of popular science and current debates about it. The book shows how popular science has been invented, redefined and fought over. From early-nineteenth century radical science to twenty-first century government initiatives, popular science has been an arena where the authority of science and the authority of the state are legitimised and challenged.

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Media Science Before the Great War

The rise of the mass media and professional science make the late-nineteenth century an important formative period in the hstory of popular science.

Media Science Before the Great War combines history with media studies and reverses the dominant view of popularisation – looking for science in what was popular rather than popularity in what was science. What was most popular were the new-style mass-circulation magazines. Exploring this rich source, the book uncovers the scientist as hero and villain; science for and against religion; utopian visions and degenerationist fears; Victorian hopes and Edwardian disillusion.

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Other Papers

A selection of other published writing.

‘Science communication: process, power and politics’. In Journal of Science Communication, 16(04), C02 (2017).

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“How can scientific knowledge survive in a distrustful society?” with Andrey Kozhanov in The formula of scientific PR 3.0: Collection of best practices in the field of scientific communications) pp. 13-16 (University of ITMO, St Petersburg, 2017).

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“The authority of science and the postmodern reformation”. In Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. June 2003, pp. 76-82.

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