Science Fiction

When you think of the big breakthroughs in science and engineering today you think of academic journals and websites and universities with big funding grants but that wasn’t always the the case. Some of the greatest inventors like Thomas Edison or Nicola Tesla weren’t academics, they were men with great ideas, sometimes working all on their own.

And just like we expect the great discoveries to be reported in academic journals, or magazines like New Scientist or Popular Mechanics, the way people read about Science has changed too – it wasn’t unusual to see science fiction and fact happily share the same space.

One man who has devoted a lot of time to studying the history of science writing is Prof Philip Bowler from Queens University, Belfast, and he spoke with Niall at the History of Technology and Medicine Conference at DCU last week. If you like the old pulp magazines, you’re in for a treat.