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Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival: The Remaking of American Environmentalism (Urban and Industrial Environments) Paperback – January 23, 2009
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"A riddle: Why has the scientist who has arguably had the greatest impact on the course of post-World War II science been almost entirely ignored by mainstream historians of science? Because his accomplishments were as a social activist rather than as a scientist. But now, at long last, Barry Commoner's supremely important challenge to the morphing of Big Science into handmaiden of the chemical and nuclear industries has been recognized and admirably recounted by Michael Egan. Bravo, Mr. Egan, for filling in a large blank in recent history of science."--Clifford D. Conner, author of *A People's History of Science*
I combining science with activism, Barry Commoner has long been one of the major figures in the world of environmental politics and the making of green knowledge. Michael Egan's impressive book fills a critical gap in the literature on the history of environmentalism.(Andrew Jamison, DEpartment of Development and Planning, Aalborg University)
Finally we have a book that recognizes the extraordinary importance of Barry Commoner in 20th-century scientific and social justice thinking. At a time when almost everyone acknowledges that the natural world is imperiled by an ever-growing human economy, this book reveals what we can still learn from Commoner's powerful vision of 'the science of survival' and the social justice persepctive needed to restore balance.(Peter Montague, Executive Director, Environmental Research Foundation)
"Egan tells an absorbing tale about a remarkable man who is insightful, persistent, iconoclastic, informed, and optimistic." Sylvia N. Tesh American Scientist
"Egan's telling of the life, science, and politics of Barry Commoner reminds us of a time when scientists could be activists, and science and activism could coexist." Jody A. Roberts Chemical Heritage
About the Author
Michael Egan is Associate Professor of History at McMaster University and Director of the Sustainable Future History Project.
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