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Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-century Sites and Experiences Hardcover – 20 Nov 2007


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I'm Aileen Fyfe, and I'm a lecturer in modern British history at the University of St Andrews. I was born in Glasgow, educated at Cambridge, and spent a decade at the National University of Ireland, Galway, before returning to Scotland in 2010.

I am a historian of science and technology, and my academic research focuses upon the popularisation and communication of the sciences in the 18th and 19th centuries. I have investigated how science has been popularised to a variety of audiences, from the Victorian working classes, to children and tourists. As well as being interested in traditional forms of communications (printing, publishing, public lecturing, museums and exhibitions), I'm curious about the new and emerging technologies. I write a blog (http://aileenfyfe.wordpress.com/) that started out musing about how such technologies could be used to improve my students' learning experiences; but it has become a space for more general musings about the nature of academic life including - most recently - the final stages of submission for my next book manuscript.

In wider academic life, I have been a council member (and treasurer) of the British Society for the History of Science; and chair of the Royal Irish Academy's committee on the history of Irish science. Most recently (September 2011), I was selected as one of the founding members of the Young Academy of Scotland, organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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""Science in the Marketplace" offers an important overview of science and consumer culture in nineteenth-century Britain, with each author contributing something new to our understanding of the meaning and development of popular science. A history with a difference, it will be of wide appeal." --Angelique Richardson "British Journal for the History of Science "

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Aileen Fyfe is lecturer in the Department of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the author of Science and Salvation, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Bernard Lightman is professor of humanities at York University, Toronto, editor of Victorian Science in Context and Isis, and the author of Victorian Popularizers of Science, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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An interesting perspective on Victorian science 18 Dec. 2007
By Ronald H. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I have found one of the most interesting dimensions of Victorian intellectual history (of which there are many) is the development and distribution of new scientific information. After all, this is the period when Darwin in 1859 unloaded his "Origin of Species." But there was much more going on than evolution, both before and after Darwin's bombshell. This essay collection looks at how science was disseminated during the 19th century. It discusses this process under several general topics. For example, under "Orality," there are essays on the important role of public lecturing (something much scarcer today) as a device for reaching the general public with new concepts, such as "phrenology." A second major method was, of course, through print, including handbooks published to assist museum visitors as they reviewed exhibits. A third device was "display," involving exhibits at private homes, the amazing spectacle of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, and of course the variety of museums throughout London. The co-editors are leading scholars in this field, as are the contributors. Each chapter has an excellent bibliography attached, and there are many helpful illustrations included. At 400 pages, this is a long book, but seldom does it drag and it opened up for me a number of concepts with which I had not previously had familiarity. An important addition to the available literature on this topic.
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