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

Author: Rebecca Onion
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
Series: Studies in United States culture.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2016009979
(OCoLC)942745136
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Onion
ISBN: 9781469629490 1469629496
OCLC Number: 960101017
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; 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"; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W.
Series Title: Studies in United States culture.
Responsibility: Rebecca Onion.

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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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