Introduction: From the Popularization of Science through Film to the Public Understanding of Science

Fernando Vidal

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Abstract

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalScience in Context
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

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