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<b>Epilogue</b> The 1950s and After

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/9780226068664.003.0013
Epilogue The 1950s and After

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In Britain after World War II, governments assumed that science and technology would improve everyone's lives and appealed to this hope in their rhetoric. But how would people be convinced that science offered new opportunities as well as new dangers? The massive campaign to produce self-education literature, much of it devoted to science, had reached only the upwardly mobile working class, a very small percentage of the whole population. Most people got their information about science and technology from newspapers and magazines, and this was both sensationalized and as likely to focus on threats as on benefits. In the last couple of decades, scientists have realized that they do need to make a more serious effort to engage with how their work is presented to the public, and some of them have noticed (following the success of Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time) that there is serious money to be made from popular writing.

Keywords: Britain; World War II; science; scientists; public; popular writing; science and technology; self-education literature; newspapers; magazines

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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