Popular Science in Times of Covid
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust scientists and science explainers into the public eye. Although we may think of their presence in the media as something new, popularization has in fact been part of science since there has been science. Today’s scientists who go on talk shows, record podcasts, or fight disinformation on Twitter are beholden to their forebears in many ways. This article explores the history of popular science in Germany since the nineteenth century and how it has lead to the present moment in science communication.