Science on American Television: A History, by LaFollette, Marcel C (Marcel Chotkowski), , Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Historian LaFollette traces the history of the popularization of science on television from its emergence in the 1940s to the turn of the 21st century, arguing that science educators have failed to utilize the medium effectively. Following the rise of Mr. Wizard through Carl Sagan's Cosmos, LaFollette analyzes how television's wide coverage and commercial constraints affected the teaching of scientific concepts. She covers the role of Watson Davis on Science Service, which was affiliated with the Smithsonian, and such Smithsonian series as Smithsonian World and specials produced by David Wolper..