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Science Gossip  
Front page of vol. 1
of Hardwicke's Science-Gossip[1]
Discipline Interdisciplinary
Language English
Publication details
Robert Hardwicke (1st series);
Simpking Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd / R. Friedländer & Sohn. (2nd series) (UK / Germany)
Publication history
first series: 1865 to 1893;
second series: 1894 to 1902

Science-Gossip was the common name for two series of monthly popular-science magazines, that were published from 1865 to 1893 and from 1894 to 1902. The first series was called Hardwicke's Science-Gossip, and the second series Science-Gossip.

Bibliographic information

  • 1865 - 1893: Hardwicke's Science-Gossip : an illustrated medium of interchange and gossip for students and lovers of nature. Edited by M.C. Cooke & J.E. Taylor. London : Robert Hardwicke.[2]

succeeded by:

  • 1894 - 1902: Science-Gossip; an illustrated monthly record of nature and country-lore. New Series. Edited by John T. Carrington. London / Berlin : Simpking Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd / R. Friedländer & Sohn.[3]

Owners and editors

From 1865 to 1893 the (Hardwicke's) Science-Gossip was published by Robert Hardwicke (London). In 1893, John T. Carrington became proprietor of ' Science-Gossip,' which he edited until 1902. After a few years of great, and marked, improvement, the publication was allowed to drop owing, we believe, to insufficient financial support. Strangely, its collapse, we were given to understand, was bewailed by none so greatly as those who read it at Society meetings, etc., but refused their personal quota to ensure its success.

The idea underlying Science-Gossip was to provide for scientific studies what Notes and Queries provides for literary studies.[4] Science Gossip is cited over 100 times in Alfred Cotgreave's 1900 contents-subject index.[5] Editors included the botanist Mordecai Cubitt Cooke and John Eller Taylor.


  1. The contents of vol. 1 were published 1865; the title page was apparently published afterwards, in 1866)
  2. See summary of volumes of Hardwicke's Science-Gossip (1865-1893), with links to all volumes, online available in Biodiversity Heritage Library (retrieved 2015-05-31).
  3. See summary of volumes in the “New Series”, with links to all the volumes, online available in BHL (retrieved 2015-05-31).
  4. "Hardwicke's Science-Gossip". Nature. 3: 304. 16 February 1871. doi:10.1038/003304a0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Cotgreave, Alfred (1900). A contents-subject index to general and periodical literature. London: Elliot Stock.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>