Popular science in early twentieth-century periodicals
Tuesday 15 September 2020
The popular science of the early years of the twentieth century has often been overlooked, sandwiched as those years are between the nineteenth century, in which science was less specialised and professionalised, and the post-war ‘boom’ in popular science following the verification of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity in 1919. However, a consideration of early twentieth-century generalist periodicals shows not only that popular science continued to be produced in the intervening years, but that it was often written by professional scientists. In this talk Dr Rachel Crossland will consider examples of popular science from a number of early twentieth-century periodicals, including the Cornhill Magazine, the New Quarterly and the Illustrated London News.
Dr Rachel Crossland is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Chichester. Her research focuses predominantly on links between literature and science in the early twentieth century, including in modernist literature and in popular science and periodicals of the period. Her first book, Modernist Physics: Waves, Particles, and Relativities in the Writings of Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
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