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Science Periodicals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Constructing Scientific Communities

Gowan Dawson, Bernard Lightman, Sally Shuttleworth, and Jonathan R. Topham


Periodicals played a vital role in the developments in science and medicine that transformed nineteenth-century Britain. Proliferating from a mere handful to many hundreds of titles, they catered to audiences ranging from gentlemanly members of metropolitan societies to working-class participants in local natural history clubs. Moreover, rather than merely being primarily sites of authorized scientific discovery, they fostered a sense of collective identity among their geographically dispersed and often socially disparate readers, facilitating the reciprocal interchange of ideas and informatio ... More

Keywords: science periodicals, nineteenth-century Britain, citizen science, scientific communities, medical periodicals, scientitific practices, natural history, physics, public health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226676517
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226683461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gowan Dawson, editor
University of Leicester

Bernard Lightman, editor
York University

Sally Shuttleworth, editor
University of Oxford

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Front Matter

Introduction Constructing Scientific Communities

Gowan Dawson and Jonathan R. Topham

1 New Formats for New Readers

2 Defining the Communities of Science

3 Managing the Boundaries of Medicine