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- DescriptionAs scholars debate the most appropriate way to teach evolutionary theory, Constance Clark provides an intriguing reflection on similar debates in the t-too-distant past. Set against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, God-or Gorilla explores the efforts of biologists to explain evolution to a confused and conflicted public during the 1920s. Focusing on the use of images and popularization, Clark shows how scientists and anti-evolutionists deployed schematics, cartoons, photographs, sculptures, and paintings to win the battle for public acceptance. She uses representative illustrations and popular media accounts of the struggle to reveal how concepts of evolutionary theory changed as they were presented to, and absorbed into, popular culture. Engagingly written and deftly argued, God-or Gorilla offers original insights into the role of images in communicating-and miscommunicating-scientific ideas to the lay public.
- Author BiographyConstance Areson Clark is an assistant professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
- Author(s)Constance Areson Clark
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2008
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Series TitleMedicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note32, 28 black & white line drawings, 4 black & white halftones
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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