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Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences

Bernard Lightman


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. This book focuses on this group of men and women who wrote about science for a general audience in the second half of the nineteenth century. The author examines more than thirty of the mo ... More

Keywords: Charles Darwin, Victorian scientists, Origin of Species, religion and science, popularizers, lecturing techniques, science writers, scientific inquiry, scientific authority, nineteenth-century Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226481180
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226481173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Lightman, author