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The Satire on Sciences in Punch : Comparison of public attitudes toward natural and mathematical sciences

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2019, 56(), pp.67-99
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.56.0.03
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 15, 2018
  • Accepted : January 14, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

Cho Su Nam 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Punch, a British magazine of humour and satire, has been considered as a sort of window on thought and culture of the Victorian English by historians. But the historians paid relatively little attention to sciences in Punch despite popularization and rapid developments of sciences during the era. In recent years there have been several studies that paid attention on sciences in Punch, while the sciences were confined to technological inventions, medical themes or Darwin's evolutionary theory. This tendency of overly weighted toward specific fields is due to difficult problems that it is difficult to visually depict theoretical sciences and to search for the articles treating sciences in the massive material of Punch. However, Punch had treated various scientific issues besides evolutionary theory. This paper will show obvious differences between humour on experimental sciences or natural history and ridicule on mathematics or mathematical sciences. Then we may be able to understand the evident differences between public attitudes toward natural sciences and mathematical sciences.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.