The Press: For Men Only

Although it was a little magazine in 1872, it got a big reception. In pulpit and press, the newborn Popular Science Monthly was denounced as the devilish work of atheists and evolutionists. But blind Editor Edward Livingston Youmans, no atheist but a devout missionary from the world of science to the world of laymen, took the abuse in stride. "The work of creating science," he wrote in Vol. I, No. 1, "has been organized for centuries. . . . The work of diffusing science ... is clearly the next great task of civilization."

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