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By C. Madsen, R. M. West (auth.), André Heck, Claus Madsen (eds.)

Astronomyhasalwaysbeenoneoftheeasiestofthesciencestoconveyto the general public. that's in part since it produces miraculous images that may be defined (at least partially) and famous, partially simply because figuring out of astronomy frequently doesn't depend on an information of a posh cl- si?cation method or esoteric terminology, and in part simply because its extremes in distances and instances problem our mind's eye and philosophies. so much scientists get pleasure from sharing with others the discoveries made through th- selves and their colleagues. the first goal of scienti?c study is to find, to benefit, and to appreciate. once we prevail, we get pleasure from sh- ing that knowing. schooling is most enjoyable while our viewers needs to profit and we've got anything very important to show. A?eldthatdoesnotcommunicatee?ectivelywiththepublicsoonlooses its curiosity and aid. writer Andr´ e Heck explains the various di?erent ways that expert verbal exchange now happens whereas Leslie Sage explains how such communique will be performed. Astronomy performed with spacecraft and massive gear is particularly dear and the cash for these finally come from the general public. the price of astronomy prorated over the variety of study astronomers may be the top in the entire sciences. If astronomers don't percentage their effects with the general public, they're going to unfastened its help. in spite of the fact that, for many astronomers the need to proportion and teach dominates over the pragmatic have to win public aid. With the arrival of latest communique strategies (television, movies, CDs, DVDs, animation, simulations) we now have new how to commu- cate, as well as the traditional ones of the broadcast and spoken word.

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If they say your programme is rubbish and needs to be totally re-structured and re-edited you may, of course, argue that this could have been discussed in an earlier screening – or, indeed, that if the CE would have cared to screen the programme earlier on any comments could have been taken aboard then. On the other hand, you may hold your tongue in the hope of another commission so you smile a sickly smile and do as you are told. Those interested in secrets of history should know that none of the famous dictators have really ever gone away; they live on in the guise of Commissioning Editors in the world of television.

As the expenditure outline above suggests, York Films has diligently re-distributed millions of pounds during its 20-year existence. We have also put quite a lot of hours on the screen. The fifteen space/astronomy titles produced by York Films total some 30 hours of programming, most of it seen in every territory on the TV distribution map. It is near impossible to estimate accurately how many millions of viewers our programmes have had over the years but there must be more people on this earth who have seen a York Films space programme than have read “Brief History of Time”.

In Europe, in late sixties and the seventies a deep and wide libertarian movement took place and made an impact also on traditional ways of popularization. Science was considered by political activists and by some scientists as the private ally of central authorities. This activist movement aimed to renew PCST from the non-specialized audiences point of view, allowing them to use scientific knowledge to promote their own interests. The traditional one-way diffusion model of popularization was denounced.

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