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Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical : Reading the Magazine of Nature - Geoffrey Cantor

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

Reading the Magazine of Nature


Published: 1st August 2004
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For the Victorian reading public, periodicals played a far greater role than books in shaping their understanding of new discoveries and theories in science, technology and medicine. Such understandings were formed not merely by serious scientific articles, but also by glancing asides in political reports, fictional representations, or humorous attacks in comic magazines. Ranging across diverse forms of periodicals, from top-selling religious and juvenile magazines through to popular fiction-based periodicals, and from the campaigning 'new journalism' of the late century to the comic satire of Punch, this book explores the ways in which scientific ideas and developments were presented to a variety of Victorian audiences. In addition, it offers three case studies of the representation of particular areas of science: 'baby science', scientific biography, and electricity. This intriguing collaborative volume sheds new light on issues relating to history and history of science, literature, book history, and cultural and media studies.

'... fascinating book'. Times Higher Education Supplement '... the book is an invaluable work in its own right and as well as a pointer to the potential for future research. I am delighted to have it on my shelves.' Journal of the History of Science

List of illustrations
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction and cheap miscellanies in early nineteenth-century Britain
The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine and religious monthlies in early nineteenth-century Britain
Punch, science and comic journalism in mid-Victorian Britain'
The Cornhill Magazine and shilling monthlies in mid-Victorian Britain
The Boy's Own Paper, science, and late-Victorian juvenile magazines
The Review of Reviews and the new journalism in late Victorian Britain
Tickling babies: gender, authority, and 'baby science'
Scientific biography in the periodical press
Profit and prophecy: electricity in the late Victorian periodical
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521836371
ISBN-10: 0521836379
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature & Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.68