A New Voice of Science: Science Service Under Edwin E. Slosson, 1921-29

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Summary

"This study examines the first decade of Science Service, an institution for the popularization of science in Washington, D.C., during the tenure of Edwin E. Slosson as director, from 1921 to 1929. The founding of Science Service is traced to the influence of World War I in awakening scientists to the advantages of popularization in soliciting funds and engaging public support for science. The history of the Service is then narrated from its early struggles to its subsequent successes, and the popular scientific writings of Edwin Slosson are examined with reference to the two postwar concerns of the scientists. The conclusion is reached that the Science Service was a new voice for science in that it pioneered new standards in science jounalism and helped awaken the public and the press to the importance of science in the modern world."

Subject

  • Slosson, Edwin Emery
  • Science Service

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Notes

Master's thesis. Copy located in the library of the Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives. Includes selected bibliography and notes.

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(Dissertation)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1979

Topic

  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Wartime Activities

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