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ISBN-13: 978-0321318114 ISBN-10: 0321318110 Edition: 1st

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Science and Society
Richard W. Grinnell

Part of Longman’s successful Topic’s Reader series, Science and Society is a brief thematic reader that touches on the nature of science and various scientific issues and controversies.

Science and Society features readings based on several compelling and provocative issues from a number of well-known writers. This reader is an ideal supplement to any course that focuses on writing about science-based subject matter.

Features

  • There are 33 readings, organized into 5 chapters.
  • Chapter themes include such topics as “Bodies and Genes,” “Science and Human Behavior,” and “Frontiers”.
  • Writers in this anthology include such well-known writers as George Orwell, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, Sharon Begley, Elizabeth Kolbert, Natalie Angier, Peter Singer and others.
  • Readings touch on such provocative and engaging issues as: the evolutionary basis of ethics, the scientific explanation for love; the physics of time travel; the need for an armed defense of the environment; cloning and human genetics; and the connection between science, funding, and the falsification of data.
  • Chapter introductions, author headnotes, “Topics for Thought and Discussion” and “Suggestions for Writing” accompany each reading.
  • Longer writing and research assignments (“Connections”) are at the end of each chapter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321318110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321318114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Learner88 on September 19, 2012
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As a tutor at a local community college, I had many students who were assigned this book for their English Composition class. I became familiar with some of the articles and found them to be quite fascinating. I enjoyed the articles so much that I bought the book for myself. From my youth, I have always been interested in the way people think and act. This book explores the interaction between scientific discoveries and technological innovations and how how it impacts society as a whole. These articles promote critical thinking, analysis, and exploration. They also bridge the gap between those who might be interested in science and not society or visa versa. The layout of short articles grouped by theme makes it somewhat of a reader's digest approach, allowing the reader to consume the bite-sized articles easily. A great book that I recommend to anyone and everyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stan_Not_A_Store on October 15, 2011
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This book is required reading for my English class that has a focus on science. I'm a business major but this is the English class that had spots open. This book is composed of many excerpts for publications, essays and short science new stories. Being that it samples many areas of the broad topic of science it is an interesting read.
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By Alex on June 14, 2013
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This is a great textbook. Packed with information and easy to follow the main topics. I would recommend this to everyone taking college classes or personally enhancing their education.
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By Esther on March 15, 2013
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Great book and the essays were very interesting. I had no idea of all the developments that are taking place now.
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