Scholarship in the Paperbacks of the Federal Republic 1955–1980
The research project aims at reconstructing the history of dissemination of scientific knowledge in West German paperback editions since the 1950ies. This dissemination is un-derstood as second-order popularization. In contrast to the popularization of science in the second German Empire or during the Weimar Republic, the post-war paperback no longer offers a popular version of knowledge – and paradoxically, precisely because it resembles a mass article and exhibits its popularity. The research project analyses the changing roles of scientists and publishers in publishing scientific knowledge on a massive scale.