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Public Understanding of Science


My interests in this area are focused on the public image of, the public interest in, and the popularization of science.

Publications

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Books and Editions

Zwischen Faszination und Verteufelung: Chemie in der Gesellschaft, Heidelberg: Springer 2017 [editor with Marc-Denis Weitze and Thomas Geelhaar]

The Public Image of Chemistry, Special Issue of Hyle: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry, 2006 & 2007 [co-editor with Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Brigitte Van Tiggelen], also as

The Public Image of Chemistry, Singapore et al.: World Scientific Publishing, 2007.

Papers

“Die Chemie als Teufelswerk? 2300 Jahre Chemiekritik”, in: Marc-Denis Weitze, Joachim Schummer & Thomas Geelhaar (eds.): Zwischen Faszination und Verteufelung: Chemie in der Gesellschaft, Heidelberg: Springer, 2017, pp. 9-21.

“‘Are you playing God?’: Synthetic Biology and the Chemical Ambition to Create Artificial Life”, Hyle, 22 (2016), 149-172.

“Nanotechnologie: Eine neue soziale Dynamik an der Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit” (Nanotechnology: New Social Dynamics at the Interface between Science and the Public), NTM – Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin, 19 (2011), 147-167.

“Visuelle Populärbilder und öffentliche Selbstbilder der Wissenschaft” (Visual Popular Images and Public Self-Imaes of Science), in: Bernd Hüppauf & Peter Weingart (eds.), Frosch und Frankenstein: Bilder als Medium der Popularisierung von Wissenschaft, Bielefeld: transcript, 2009, pp. 341-372.

“The Popularization of Emerging Technologies through Ethics: From Nanotechnology to Synthetic Biology”, Spontaneous Generation (Univ. of Toronto), 2 (1), 2008, 56-62.

“Das Bild der Wissenschaft in Piktogrammen” (The Image of Science in Pictograms), Gegenworte (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), 20 (2008), 67-69.

“Frankenstein und die literarische Figur des verrückten Wissenschaftlers” (Frankenstein and the Literary Figure of the Mad Scientist), in: Betsy van Schlun & Michael Neumann (eds.): Mythen Europas: Schlüsselfiguren der Imagination, Bd. 6 (Das Lange 19. Jahrhundert), Regensburg: Pustet & Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2008, pp. 58-79.

"The Visual Image of Chemistry: Perspectives from the History of Art and Science" (with Tami Spector), Hyle, 13 (2007), 3-41 (reprinted in: Joachim Schummer, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent & Brigitte Van Tiggelen (eds.): The Public Image of Chemistry, Singapur: World Scientific, 2007, pp. 213-257).

"Popular Images versus Self-Images of Science: Visual Representations of Science in Clipart Cartoons and Internet Photographs" (with Tami Spector), in: Bernd Hüppauf & Peter Weingart (eds.), Science Images and Popular Images of Science, London-New York: Routledge, 2007, pp. 69-95.

"Historical Roots of the ‘Mad Scientist’: Chemists in 19th-century Literature", Ambix, 53, 53, (2006), 99-127 (reprinted in: Joachim Schummer, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent & Brigitte Van Tiggelen (eds.): The Public Image of Chemistry, Singapur: World Scientific, 2007, pp. 37-79).

"Providing Metaphysical Sense and Orientation: Nature-Chemistry Relationships in the Popular Historiography of Chemistry", in: Isabel Malaquias, Ernst Homburg & M. Elvira Callapez (eds.), Chemistry, Technology and Society: Proceedings of 5th International Conference on the History of Chemistry, Estoril & Lisbon, Portugal, 6-10 September 2005, Aveiro: Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, 2006, pp. 166-175.

"Reading Nano: The Public Interest in Nanotechnology as Reflected in Book Purchase Patterns", Public Understanding of Science , 14, (2005), 163-183.

Presentations

“Frankenstein and the Literary Figure of the Mad Scientist”, Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany, 8 November 2007.

“Providing Metaphysical Sense and Orientation: Nature-Chemistry Relations in the Popular Historiography of Chemistry”, Chemistry, Technology and Society (5th European Conference on the History of Chemistry), Lisbon, Portugal, 6-10 September 2005.

“The Visual Image of Chemistry”, Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 23 March 2005 (with Tami Spector).

“The Visual Image of Science”, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA, 16 March 2005.

“The Visual Image of Chemistry”, The Public Image of Chemistry, Conference of the IUHPS/DHS Commission on the History of Modern Chemistry, Paris, France, 17-18 September 2004 (with Tami Spector).

Last update: 30.07.2017