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Title Science in the marketplace : nineteenth-century sites and experiences / edited by Aileen Fyfe & Bernard Lightman
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
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Contents Science in the marketplace : an introduction / Aileen Fyfe and Bernard Lightman -- How scientific conversation became shop talk / James A. Secord -- The diffusion of phrenology through public lecturing / John van Wyhe -- Lecturing in the spatial economy of science / Bernard Lightman -- Publishing "popular science" in early nineteenth-century Britain / Jonathan R. Topham -- Sensitive, bashful, and chaste? articulating the mimosa in science / Ann B. Shteir -- Reading natural history at the British Museum and the Pictorial Museum / Aileen Fyfe -- Illuminating the expert-consumer relationship in domestic electricity / Graeme Gooday -- Natural history on display : the collection of Charles Waterton / Victoria Carroll -- Science at the crystal focus of the world / Richard Bellon -- "More the aspect of magic than anything natural" : the philosophy of demonstration / Iwan Rhys Morus -- The museum affect : visiting collections of anatomy and natural history / Samuel J.M.M. Alberti
Summary (Publisher-supplied data) The nineteenth century was an age of transformation in science, when scientists were rewarded for their startling new discoveries with increased social status and authority. But it was also a time when ordinary people from across the social spectrum were given the opportunity to participate in science, for education, entertainment, or both. In Victorian Britain science could be encountered in myriad forms and in countless locations: in panoramic shows, exhibitions, and galleries; in city museums and country houses; in popular lectures; and even in domestic conversations that revolved around the latest books and periodicals. Science in the Marketplace reveals this other side of Victorian scientific life by placing the sciences in the wider cultural marketplace, ultimately showing that the creation of new sites and audiences was just as crucial to the growing public interest in science as were the scientists themselves. By focusing attention on the scientific audience, as opposed to the scientific community or self-styled popularizers, Science in the Marketplace ably links larger societal changes--in literacy, in industrial technologies, and in leisure--to the evolution of popular science
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Science museums -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Congresses.
Science -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Congresses.
Science -- history.
Exhibits as Topic.
History, 19th Century.
Museums -- history.
Publishing -- history.
Socioeconomic Factors -- history.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century -- Congresses.
United Kingdom.
Genre/Form Congress.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Fyfe, Aileen.
Lightman, Bernard V., 1950-
ISBN 022615002X (electronic bk)
9780226150024 (electronic bk)