Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-221) and index.
Introduction: A curious century -- 1. Wonder house : the Brooklyn Children's Museum as beautiful dream -- 2. Science in the basement : selling the home lab in the interwar years -- 3. Embryo scientists : finding and saving postwar "science talent" -- 4. Space cadets and rocket boys : policing the masculinity of scientific enthusiasms -- 5. The Exploratorium and the persistence of innocent science -- Conclusion: Looking closer at "kids are little scientists".