Lone Geniuses in Popular Science

  title={Lone Geniuses in Popular Science},
  author={Davida Charney},
  journal={Written Communication},
  pages={215 - 241}
  • D. Charney
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Written Communication
Popular accounts of scientific discoveries diverge from scholarly accounts, stripping off hedges and promoting short-term social consequences. This case study illustrates how the “horse-race” framing of popular accounts devalues the collective sharing, challenging, and extending of scientific work. In her best-selling Longitude, Dava Sobel (1996) depicts John Harrison's 18th-century invention of a marine chronometer, a ground-breaking precision instrument that eventually allowed sailors to… Expand

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