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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3Competition and Disruption, 1900-2017$
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Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424929.001.0001

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Science and the Press

Science and the Press

(p.612) Chapter Thirty-One Science and the Press
The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3

Robert Bud

Edinburgh University Press

Repeated press discussion of the upturning of traditional civilisation through science underlies the chapter’s treatment of science and the press explored through three sections. The first summarises an historical scholarship which has gone beyond old categories of popularisation to show how the press constructed science in the public sphere, principally before the Second World War. Secondly, the chapter explores the coverage of ‘applied science’ by the press during that period. It deals with the contributions of such journalists covering ‘modern life’ as Vera Brittan and Storm Jameson as well as celebration of local industrial research laboratories on the one hand and warnings of the danger of new weapons on the other. Finally, there is a treatment of science in the press and its ‘medicalisation’ during the post Second-World-war period. Increasingly, contrasting enthusiasms and terrors have been mapped and analysed by the literature that has grown out of the new scholarship in public engagement with science, and by the broader study of science, technology and society.

Keywords:   Popularisation, Weapons, Applied science, Laboratories, Modern life, Medicalisation, Public engagement

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