Practitioners Enter the Field <i>Huxley and Ball as Popularizers</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:
Practitioners Enter the Field Huxley and Ball as Popularizers

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This chapter examines the works of the scientific practitioners Thomas Henry Huxley and Robert Ball, who became active popularizers of science only after the early 1870s, analyses the shift in Huxley's views during the late 1860s, and describes the three projects he became involved in during the 1870s. It suggests that although Huxley was often viewed as the foremost popularizer of science of his time, Ball was more successful than him in popularizing science, because he was willing to give more time and energy to his activities as scientific author and lecturer.

Keywords: scientific practitioners; Thomas Henry Huxley; Robert Ball; popularizers of science; scientific author; lecturer

Chapter.  28365 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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