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Science Periodicals in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Constructing Scientific Communities

"This innovative, insightful, and valuable collection advances the historical and critical understanding of scientific periodical publication and readership in nineteenth-century Britain in important ways. Much of the existing literature on the topic has focused on general-interest periodicals; this volume offers, for the first time, an extremely well-researched, substantial comparative study of specialist scientific periodicals throughout the period. It's an impressive and polished collection of scholarship."--Robin Vandome, University of Nottingham

Periodicals played a vital role in the developments in science and medicine that transformed nineteenth-century Britain. Proliferating from a mere handful to many hundreds of titles, they catered to audiences ranging from gentlemanly members of metropolitan societies to working-class participants in local natural history clubs. Les mer

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Periodicals played a vital role in the developments in science and medicine that transformed nineteenth-century Britain. Proliferating from a mere handful to many hundreds of titles, they catered to audiences ranging from gentlemanly members of metropolitan societies to working-class participants in local natural history clubs. In addition to disseminating authorized scientific discovery, they fostered a sense of collective identity among their geographically dispersed and often socially disparate readers by facilitating the reciprocal interchange of ideas and information. As such, they offer privileged access into the workings of scientific communities in the period.

The essays in this volume set the historical exploration of the scientific and medical periodicals of the era on a new footing, examining their precise function and role in the making of nineteenth-century science and enhancing our vision of the shifting communities and practices of science in the period. This radical rethinking of the scientific journal offers a new approach to the reconfiguration of the sciences in nineteenth-century Britain and sheds instructive light on contemporary debates about the purpose, practices, and price of scientific journals.

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Forlag
University of Chicago Press
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Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780226676517
Utgivelsesår
2020
Format
23 x 15 cm

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Gowan Dawson is professor of Victorian literature and culture and director of the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester. Bernard Lightman is distinguished research professor in the Humanities Department at York University and president of the History of Science Society. Sally Shuttleworth is professor of English literature at the University of Oxford. Jonathan R. Topham is a senior lecturer in the history of science at the University of Leeds.

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"This innovative, insightful, and valuable collection advances the historical and critical understanding of scientific periodical publication and readership in nineteenth-century Britain in important ways. Much of the existing literature on the topic has focused on general-interest periodicals; this volume offers, for the first time, an extremely well-researched, substantial comparative study of specialist scientific periodicals throughout the period. It's an impressive and polished collection of scholarship."--Robin Vandome, University of Nottingham

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