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The Resource Innocent experiments : childhood and the culture of popular science in the United States, Rebecca Onion

Innocent experiments : childhood and the culture of popular science in the United States, Rebecca Onion

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Innocent experiments : childhood and the culture of popular science in the United States
Title
Innocent experiments
Title remainder
childhood and the culture of popular science in the United States
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Onion
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Language
eng
Summary
From the 1950s to the digital age, Americans have pushed their children to live science-minded lives, cementing scientific discovery and youthful curiosity as inseparable ideals. In this multifaceted work, historian Rebecca Onion examines the rise of informal children's science education in the twentieth century, from the proliferation of home chemistry sets after World War I to the century-long boom in child-centered science museums. Onion looks at how the United States has increasingly focused its energies over the last century into producing young scientists outside of the classroom. She shows that although Americans profess to believe that success in the sciences is synonymous with good citizenship, this idea is deeply complicated in an era when scientific data is hotly contested and many Americans have a conflicted view of science itself. These contradictions, Onion explains, can be understood by examining the histories of popular science and the development of ideas about American childhood. She shows how the idealized concept of "science" has moved through the public consciousness and how the drive to make child scientists has deeply influenced American culture. -- Provided by publisher
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Onion, Rebecca
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q175.52.U6
LC item number
O55 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in United States culture
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  • Science
  • Science projects
  • Science
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Innocent experiments : childhood and the culture of popular science in the United States, Rebecca Onion
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-221) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A curious century -- 1. Wonder house : the Brooklyn Children's Museum as beautiful dream -- 2. Science in the basement : selling the home lab in the interwar years -- 3. Embryo scientists : finding and saving postwar "science talent" -- 4. Space cadets and rocket boys : policing the masculinity of scientific enthusiasms -- 5. The Exploratorium and the persistence of innocent science -- Conclusion: Looking closer at "kids are little scientists"
Control code
942745136
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 226 pages
Isbn
9781469629469
Lccn
2016009979
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)942745136
Label
Innocent experiments : childhood and the culture of popular science in the United States, Rebecca Onion
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-221) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A curious century -- 1. Wonder house : the Brooklyn Children's Museum as beautiful dream -- 2. Science in the basement : selling the home lab in the interwar years -- 3. Embryo scientists : finding and saving postwar "science talent" -- 4. Space cadets and rocket boys : policing the masculinity of scientific enthusiasms -- 5. The Exploratorium and the persistence of innocent science -- Conclusion: Looking closer at "kids are little scientists"
Control code
942745136
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 226 pages
Isbn
9781469629469
Lccn
2016009979
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)942745136

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