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Popular Science Magazines

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/9780226068664.003.0009
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The move from books to magazines takes us into different territory, although there was some overlap between the kind of popular science written for self-education in the two formats. Magazines were published for a wide range of different readers, from those with a serious interest in science to those seeking news about how technical developments might affect their everyday lives. The total readership of all kinds seems to have been limited; so many publications tried to reach both the serious and the general reader, but satisfied neither. Peter Broks charts a decline in the coverage of science in popular magazines during the first decade of the twentieth century, and there was even less science during the interwar period. Items relating to science featured regularly in some special-interest publications where there was an obvious link with a particular area of science. Three relatively serious popular science magazines founded in the late Victorian period were Science Gossip, Knowledge, and Illustrated Science News.

Keywords: magazines; popular science; readership; interwar period; special-interest publications; Science Gossip; Knowledge; Illustrated Science News

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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