Was There Really a Popular Science “Boom”?

  title={Was There Really a Popular Science “Boom”?},
  author={B. Lewenstein},
  journal={Science, Technology, \& Human Values},
  pages={29 - 41}
  • B. Lewenstein
  • Published 1987
  • History
  • Science, Technology, & Human Values
Two popular science magazines died in the summer of 1986: Science 86 and Science Digest. Along with a host of contemporaries founded around 1979 and 1980, these magazines regularly drew the attention of scientists and journalists concerned about the "public understanding of science." As the magazines suffered their death throes, commentators both mourned the demise and anguished over the cause of death. The proximate cause was usually identified as a lack of advertising support-but this… Expand

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