Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

«Making Science Understandable» : divulgació científica i mediació editorial: el cas de The Wisdom of the body de Walter B. Cannon (1871-1945)

Àlvar Martínez Vidal, Emma Sallent del Colombo


The present paper aims at an historical reconstruction, in the framework
of the publishing industry in the years between the two World Wars, of the role
played by the publisher William W. Norton in the genesis, published in 1932, and new edition in 1938, of Walter B. Cannon?s book The Wisdom of the Body. With
the analysis of this case study, we aimed at contributing to the current criticism
of the «dominant view», which tries, in an uncritical manner, that scientific popularization
follows an ineluctable, continuous and linear evolution.

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