HPS Colloquia Series for 1998-99
The Program in History and Philosophy of Science presents:
"Popularizing Science in Germany after the Revolution, 1848-1868. A New Historical Approach"
October 6, 1998, 4:30 pm - 6 pm
After the revolution of 1848 Germany witnessed a sudden increase in efforts
to spread knowledge about the natural sciences in the public sphere. These
efforts were intensified by democratic and liberal members of the bourgeois
society. For them, popularization of science was a continuation of their
quest for a civil society freed of state and church restrictions. The
popularizers were, however, not identical with those empirical scientists
who simultaneously climbed up the academic success ladder. Instead, they
primarily acted outside the state-wide research institutions and
established a complimentary arena of public expertise and amateur science.
By scrutinizing this arena, which has been largely neglected by historians,
we gain new perspectives on the history of science and bourgeois culture in
Germany during the 19th century.
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