Practical Knowledge for All

in Science for All

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226068633
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226068664 | DOI:
Practical Knowledge for All

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Some of the revolutionary developments in science had immediate practical implications. And it was these applications that were most likely to catch the attention of general readers. There was some involvement by academics in writing about applied science, especially in areas such as chemistry that corresponded to established university subjects. But most of the applied scientists worked in industry or in government institutions, and were less free to express themselves. As far as most readers were concerned, science and technology were indistinguishable. Popular science magazines were, in fact, devoted mostly to applied science and engineering. The subjects covered related both to everyday life, where innovations such as radio were having a huge impact, and to the wider application of science in the industries that now provided most people with their livelihood. There were more traditional interests that linked amateur observers with the realms of science: astronomy and natural history. One of the most active areas of science in the nineteenth century had been geology, which had transformed people's view of the earth's past.

Keywords: science; applied science; industry; engineering; popular science; radio; astronomy; natural history; geology; scientists

Chapter.  8686 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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