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Introduction: From “The Popularization of Science through Film” to “The Public Understanding of Science” (2018)


Science in film, and usual equivalents such as science on film or science on screen, refer to the cinematographic representation, staging, and enactment of actors, information, and processes involved in any aspect or dimension of science and its history. Of course, boundaries are blurry, and films shot as research tools or documentation also display science on screen. Nonetheless, they generally count as scientific film, and science in and on film or screen tend to designate productions whose purpose is entertainment and education. Moreover, these two purposes are often combined, and inherently concern empirical, methodological, and conceptual challenges associated with popularization, science communication, and the public understanding of science. It is in these areas that the notion of the deficit model emerged to designate a point of view and a mode of understanding, as well as a set of practical and theoretical problems about the relationship between science and the public.

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Article Fernando Vidal (2018) Accuracy, Authenticity, Fidelity: Aesthetic Realism, the “Deficit Model,” and the Public Understanding of Science. Science in Context (pp. 129-153). unapi

Article Kirsten Ostherr (2018) The Shifting Aesthetics of Expertise in the Sharing Economy of Scientific Medicine. Science in Context (pp. 107-127). unapi

Article David A. Kirby (2018) Harnessing the Persuasive Power of Narrative: Science, Storytelling, and Movie Censorship, 1930–1968. Science in Context (pp. 85-106). unapi

Article Carlos Tabernero (2018) The Changing Nature of Modernization Discourses in Documentary Films. Science in Context (pp. 61-83). unapi

Article Felicity Mellor (2018) Configuring Epistemic Authority: The Significance of Film Style in Documentaries about Science. Science in Context (pp. 39-59). unapi

Article Eleanor Louson (2018) Taking Spectacle Seriously: Wildlife Film and the Legacy of Natural History Display. Science in Context (pp. 15-38). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Casser, Anja
Schulze, Mario
Sattelmacher, Anja
Gouyon, Jean-Baptiste
Brandt, Christina
Hüppauf, Bernd
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
British Journal for the History of Science
Science in Context
History of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Archives of Natural History
MIT Press
Four Courts Press
University of California Press
University of California, Santa Barbara
Florida State University
Science and film
Motion pictures; cinema; movies
Public understanding of science
Science and culture
Visual representation; visual communication
Attenborough, David Frederick
Kearton, Cherry
Urban, Charles
Duncan, F. Martin
United States
Florida (U.S.)
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
19th century
18th century
Marine Studios

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