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On the basis of an analysis of popular German journals and book series of science communication the question is posed whether the relation between science and public took on different forms in the 20th century compared to those that had been widely discussed for the 19th century under the term science “popularization.” It is argued that marked changes in this relation occurred around 1900 and again in the passage from the 1950s to the 1960s. Instead of extending the concept of popularization to modern times or tracing back roots of the knowledge society substantially, it appears suitable to identify an era of science communication between c. 1900 and 1960. This periodization as well as a layered model of the exchanges between science and public is then applied to some general theses from the literature about the medialization of science and a fracture between science and public, respectively.