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ISBN-13: 978-1591027157 ISBN-10: 1591027152

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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An entertaining and eye-opening collection of essays that advance the battle against ignorance and superstition." --Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought.

About the Author

Kendrick Frazier (Albuquerque, NM) is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, former editor of Science News, and the editor of four previous collections, including Encounters with the Paranormal and Science Confronts the Paranormal. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Great classic articles including contributions from Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
Book Shark
If you want the real story behind many of the claims made about science today this book will be a breath of fresh air and very informative.
J L W
It is by far the most interesting book of essays I have ever been forced to read.
ElizabethLavenza

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9, 2011
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Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience edited by Kendrick Frazier
"Science Under Siege" is a must-read book of essays in defense of science. The book is based on a collection of great articles presented in the Skeptical Inquirer magazine. This 370-page book is composed of thirty-seven interesting and sometimes even fascinating articles that range from sound science to investigating pseudo scientific claims.

Positives:

1. Great selection of articles about science.
2. Great accessible scientific writing for the masses.
3. The history of Skeptical Inquirer presented by one of the main drivers behind the skeptic movement, Mr. Paul Kurtz.
4. Great classic articles including contributions from Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
5. Great format, articles are broken out into three main sections as follows: I. Science and Skeptical Inquiry, II. Critical Inquiry and Public Controversies, and III. Understanding Pseudoscience, Investigating Claims.
6. Covers all the main topics of interest involving science and the public.
7. Reliable, trustworthy and based on real science. I love it!
8. Tackling controversial issues in a direct reasonable manner.
9. Controversial look at 911.
10. Great section on investigating pseudo scientific claims.
11. There is something of interest for everyone.
12. Enjoyable read from cover to cover.
13. Educational, interesting and necessary.
14. Easy to pick up and jump to any essay.
15. Great reference book.
16. Notes at the end of each chapter and great references.

Negatives:

1. Having to wait for more books like this.

In summary, I truly enjoy books of science that help educate the public and set the record straight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J L W on January 20, 2010
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I got interested in the global warming and a few of the theories put forth in Dan Browns latest book the Lost Symbol so I purchased this book. It is a very no nonsense book with answers on many science topics. If you want the real story behind many of the claims made about science today this book will be a breath of fresh air and very informative. I recommend this book be on every inquiring minds bookshelf.
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Kendrick Frazier edits SCIENCE UNDER SIEGE: DEFENDING SCIENCE, EXPOSING PSEUDOSCIENCE offers a new collection of recent articles presented in The Skeptical Inquirer magazine and offers some of the best writing on topics of current interest, from Carl Sagan's final question/answer piece on science and skeptical inquiry to physicians who defend the value of vaccinations. Over thirty articles explore the science and nature of skeptical inquiry and provide a fine series of analytical articles perfect for high school and college-level science libraries alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ElizabethLavenza on October 29, 2014
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My english teacher assigned this book. It is by far the most interesting book of essays I have ever been forced to read.
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