Development of Scientific-Popular Magazines in Russia

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Vera A. Parafonova

PhD degree-seeking student at the Chair of Periodical Press, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University; press secretary of the Director of FSUE Institute of strategic stability, State Corporation Rosatom, Moscow, Russia


Section: History of Journalism

Research of the origin of popular science magazine in Russia shows that this type of domestic periodical press arose in the first quarter of the XVIII-th century within just established Academy of Sciences. The Academy became the center of publishing, because initially one of the tasks of the Academy was popularization of sciences in the country. This period is marked by active spread of scientific knowledge. In the middle of the century the just established Moscow University started successful publishing business. As a result the XVIII-th century came to the end with the release of magazines, including those that popularized science, which varied in subjects, professional and age-related purposes.

Keywords: science popularization, magazine, origin, history