Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393353327
ISBN-10: 039335332X
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Editorial Reviews


“This deliciously mordant critique [is] a key handbook for an era of “alternative facts” and pressures on research.”
- Barbara Kiser, Nature

“Levitan’s anecdotes range from the ridiculous to the terrifying . . . If it were up to me, it would be required reading for all congressional staffers working on issues related to science, engineering, and technology.”
- Sheril Kirshenbaum, Science

“A clever, timely guide to the sneaky ways sleazy politicians bamboozle us on climate change and other scientific issues. Ernest Hemingway said every good writer needs a built-in, shockproof BS detector, and now thanks to Dave Levitan we can all have one.”
- Dan Fagin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Toms River

“Read Dave Levitan’s bare-knuckled book for insight into the manipulations and distortions by anti-science politicians who have chosen to act as advocates for vested corporate interests rather than the people they’re supposed to represent.”
- Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University, and co-author of The Madhouse Effect

“With this compelling and enjoyable book, Dave Levitan may have put the "I'm not a scientist" line out to pasture for good. While I expect politicians may not read it, the public should! Science issues will be at the heart of every important decision our new President makes.”
- Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist and author of The Greatest Story Ever Told . . . So Far

“Levitan's level-headed examination of these rhetorical gymnastics is a vital antidote to and warning against a dangerous, regressive future. A no-holds barred takedown of political idiocy and the terrifying reality of science denial.”
- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Dave Levitan is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Scientific American, Slate, and many other outlets. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393353327
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 039335332X
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st Edition (April 18, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 68 ratings