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dc.contributor.authorFyfe, Aileen
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T08:24:53Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T08:24:53Z
dc.date.issued2005-06-01
dc.identifier.citationFyfe, Aileen (2005). Conscientious workmen or booksellers’ hacks? the professional identities of science writers in the mid‐nineteenth century. Isis 96 (2), 192-223
dc.identifier.issn0021-1753,1545-6994
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/9193
dc.description.abstractExisting scholarship on the debates over expertise in mid-nineteenth-century Britain has demonstrated the importance of popular writings on the sciences to definitions of scientific authority. Yet while men of science might position themselves in opposition to the stereotype of the merely popular writer, the self-identity of the popular writer remained ambiguous. This essay examines the careers of William Charles Linnaeus Martin (1798-1864) and Thomas Milner (1808-ca. 1883) and places them in the context of others who made their living by writing works on the sciences for the general reader. Martin wrote on zoology and Milner moved between astronomy, geology, and geography. The essay unravels the close but ambivalent relationship between the professions of authorship and of science and highlights writing as another aspect of scientific practice. Both writers were moderately financially successful, but Martin's sense of failure and Milner's satisfaction reflect their contrasting images of their professional identity.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
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dc.subjectinitial observations
dc.subjectbritain
dc.subject18th-century
dc.subjectpatterns
dc.subjectengland
dc.subjecthistory
dc.subjectgeology
dc.subjecttrends
dc.subjectnstc
dc.titleConscientious workmen or booksellers’ hacks? the professional identities of science writers in the mid‐nineteenth century
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/431532
dc.local.publishedsourcehttps://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/10023/5085/fyfe2005isis192.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
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