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Innocent ExperimentsChildhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States$
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Rebecca Onion

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629476

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629476.001.0001

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The Exploratorium and the Persistence of Innocent Science

The Exploratorium and the Persistence of Innocent Science

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Innocent Experiments

Rebecca Onion

University of North Carolina Press

San Francisco’s Exploratorium, founded in 1968, embodied a utopian vision of scientific thought. Its founder, Frank Oppenheimer, was a Peter Pan figure who helped publicize the museum’s image as a place where children and adults could escape the worries of modern life and return to the joys of pure perception. This chapter argues that the Exploratorium self-consciously stood as an alternative to a career-minded, nationalistic model of science education.

Keywords:   Exploratorium, Frank Oppenheimer, Scientific utopias

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