Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0465013050
ISBN-10: 0465013058
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From Publishers Weekly

Mooney, author of the bestselling The Republican War on Science, and Kirshenbaum, a marine scientist at Duke and former congressional science fellow, argue that the public ruckus caused when astronomers stripped Pluto of its planetary status demonstrates the disconnect between scientists and the general public, who share only a sense of mutual distrust. The authors place the blame for this squarely on both sides, as well as on the media (TV shows that misrepresent medical science and films that portray scientists as evil or nerdy), and plead for an improved level of discourse. But their repeated assertion that science and religion are compatible will not convince anyone who believes otherwise. Mooney showed his ideological colors in The Republican War on Science, and with their attacks on President Bush, he and his coauthor can't be accused of being nonpartisan here, despite their call for less partisan, nonideological debate. Some readers may also balk at paying $25 for a book nearly a third of which consists of notes and documentation. Nevertheless, Mooney and Kirshenbaum make valid arguments that can only help to further the public debate about these important issues. (July)
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The Durham Herald Sun
“Non-scientists, and that includes most of us who work for newspapers or other media, owe it to themselves to read at least one book this year about the scientific issues facing the world. My pick is Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum's Unscientific America.”

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“[An] important book”

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“A tour-de-force…engaging…this book should find readership beyond just science students to all students interested, or becoming interested, in current issues important to politics, education, and the general state of our nation."

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Product details

  • Publisher : Basic Books; 1st edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0465013058
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0465013050
  • Reading age : 13 years and up
  • Grade level : 11 and up
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.75 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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