Complicating the Story of Popular Science: John Maynard Smith’s “Little Penguin” on The Theory of Evolution

@article{Piel2019ComplicatingTS,
  title={Complicating the Story of Popular Science: John Maynard Smith’s “Little Penguin” on The Theory of Evolution},
  author={H. Piel},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2019},
  volume={52},
  pages={371 - 390}
}
  • H. Piel
  • Published 2019
  • Mathematics, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Popular science writing has received increasing interest, especially in its relation to professional science. I extend the current scholarly focus from the nineteenth to the twentieth century by providing a microhistory of the early popular writings of evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith (1920–2004). Linking them to the state of evolutionary biology as a professional science as well as Maynard Smith’s own professional standing, I examine the interplay between author, text and audiences… Expand
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