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Science  28 Mar 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5871, pp. 1764
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156188

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Victorian Popularizers of Science. Designing Nature for New Audiences. By Bernard Lightman. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2007. 563 pp. $45, £23.50. ISBN 9780226481180.

The author provides a scholarly, detailed consideration of the bloom of books by writers and journalists who presented science to the British public through the second half of the 19th century