God - or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 14267863

Constance Areson Clark is an associate professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

As scholars debate the most appropriate way to teach evolutionary theory, Constance Areson Clark provides an intriguing reflection on similar debates in the not-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.

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ISBN 9781421407760
Genre HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Format Paperback
Pages 289
Publisher Date 2012-10-18 00:00:00.0
Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2008
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.05 lb
Language English
Subtitle Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age
Series Name Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context
Edition Number 1
Audience Professional and scholarly
Authors Clark, Constance Areson
Country of Origin United States

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