Ciència magazine, first period (1926–1933): A project for the recovery and dissemination of the Catalan scientific heritage


  • Àngela García-Lladó Institut d'Estudis Catalans
  • Òscar Montero-Pich Center for the History of Science (CEHIC), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona
  • Alfons Zarzoso Center for the History of Science (CEHIC), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona; 2Catalan Museum of the History of Medicine (MHMC).
  • Àlvar Martínez-Vidal López Piñero Institute for the History of Medicine and Science, CSIC-University of Valencia, Valencia.


In 1926, a new publishing project was realized: the magazine Ciència. Its nameplate included, in a programmatic declaration, the following subtitle: Revista catalana de ciència i tecnologia (Catalan Magazine of Science and Technology). The magazine became emblematic of a project of Catalanism that aimed at meeting the need of communicating science and technology to a growing interested public and of establishing a scientific and technical terminology in Catalan. In the current technological context and in the framework of different initiatives for the digitization, preservation, and dissemination of Catalan scientific heritage, the Institute for Catalan Studies has supported a distinctive initiative to archive the scientific, technological, and medical periodicals produced in Catalonia during the first third of the 20th century. This article introduces Ciència and the projects implemented to preserve and communicate Catalonia’s scientific heritage, placing both in their historical context.

Keywords. science-medical-technology journalism · Catalanism ·  popular science · professional identity · science audiences · Catalan scientific-medical-technological lexicon




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