The Case for Charles Dickens, the Science Communicator

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The Case for Charles Dickens, the Science Communicator‘Smithsonian

“For 150 years, it has been thought that Dickens was uninterested in or actually hostile to science,” Frankie Kubicki, curator at the museum, tells McKie. “That is a misunderstanding, and a travesty. He was one of the most influential scientific communicators of the Victorian age.”

Julian Hunt, emeritus professor at Gresham College, who has written considerably about Dickens’ relationship with science, affirms that Dickens was very much a student of the scientific advancements of his age. “His brilliant essay on ‘a new ology’ describes how a science moves from its first tentative steps to mature general concepts, when they are often transformed into other areas of science and human understanding – a very modern perspective,” Hunt explains in one 2015 lecture.

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