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Science on American Television: A History

Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette


As television emerged as a major cultural and economic force, many imagined that the medium would enhance civic education for topics such as science. And, indeed, television soon offered a breathtaking banquet of scientific images and ideas—both factual and fictional. Mr. Wizard performed experiments with milk bottles. Viewers watched live coverage of solar eclipses and atomic bomb blasts. Television cameras followed astronauts to the moon, Carl Sagan through the Cosmos, and Jane Goodall into the jungle. Via electrons and embryos, blood testing and blasting caps, fictional Frankensteins and ch ... More

Keywords: television, civic education, science education, scientific celebrities, popularization of science, scientific community, Mr. Wizard, solar eclipses, atomic bomb blasts, astronauts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226921990
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922010.001.0001


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Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette, author