What do works of popular science do? What scientific function do they serve, if any? Zachary Barr's presented paper argues that for Austrian physicist Ernst Mach, they were less a means of circulating settled facts to laypersons than intervening in scientific debates on the origin and nature of scientific knowledge.
Attendees: Please read the pre-circulated paper, which is now available via this link.
Photo: Ernst Mach's historic 1887 photograph of a bow shockwave.