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Devices of CuriosityEarly Cinema and Popular Science$
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Oliver Gaycken

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860685.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Devices of Curiosity

Oliver Gaycken

Oxford University Press

The introduction lays out the framework for the book. It positions early popular-science films between the disciplines of cinema history and the history of science. It provides a rationale for the keywords “curiosity” and “popular science” and it discusses the relevance of early popular-science films for the field of documentary studies. It also introduces the key notion of the circulation of knowledge for understanding popular-science films.

Keywords:   curiosity, popular science, documentary, cinema studies, history of science, circulation

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