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Innocent Experiments – Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States

Rebecca Onion


Since World War II, the American discourse around children and science has been held in the form of a postmortem: a series of diagnoses pointing to a commitment gap that never seems to be fixed. The formation “Children don’t love science like they used to” points to an imagined past, full of the joy of experimentation and discovery. Although some now argue that we no longer actually face a scientific “manpower shortage,” the popular belief that we do is deeply ingrained, coming, as it does, from this vision of a lost time of utopian explorations. This book, a twentieth-century cultural history ... More

Keywords: Science education, Women in science, History of childhood, Scientific manpower, Science and masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469629476
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Onion, author
Ohio University