The Science Periodical <i>Proctor and the Conduct of “Knowledge”</i>

in Victorian Popularizers of Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226481180
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226481173 | DOI:
The Science Periodical Proctor and the Conduct of “Knowledge”

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This chapter examines the important role of periodicals for popularizers of science, using Richard Procter's editorship of the scientific journal Knowledge. It explains that Procter's objective was to compete with Nature, and that he aimed reinvigorate the vision of a republican science which had animated many science periodicals for popular audiences prior to 1860. The chapter suggests that periodical work allowed Procter to push an agenda at odds with the goals of practitioners who supported the creation of a professional scientific elite.

Keywords: periodicals; popularizers of science; Richard Procter; scientific journal; republican science; scientific elite; science periodicals

Chapter.  23118 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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