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Encyclopedias and Serial Publications

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226068664.003.0008
Encyclopedias and Serial Publications

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In addition to the book series issued by conventional publishers, educational material on science also featured in other formats aimed at the market for self-improvement. Encyclopedias abounded, ranging from the authority of the Encyclopaedia Britannica to cheap, one-volume texts aimed at the ordinary home. There were also encyclopedias focused on particular areas of study, including scientific and technical subjects. Many of the encyclopedic works of the period were first issued as serials. These series were often linked to newspapers—Alfred Harmsworth's (Lord Northcliffe's) Amalgamated Press specialized in this format, linked to the success of the Daily Mail. The parts could be bound together in patent bindings available from the publisher to form a multi-volumed book. They were usually issued later in a conventional book format. The Science of Life, written by H. G. Wells, Julian Huxley, and Wells's son Gip—is the best-known example of this format in the area of science. But there were several earlier series devoted to science, including Harmsworth's own Popular Science.

Keywords: educational material; science; self-improvement; encyclopedias; Encyclopaedia Britannica; serials; newspapers; Alfred Harmsworth; Amalgamated Press; Popular Science

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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