Unscientific America How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future

ISBN-10: 0465013058
ISBN-13: 9780465013050
Edition: 2009
List price: $24.00
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Description: Climate change, the energy crisis, nuclear proliferationmany of the most urgent problems of twenty-first century require scientific solutions. And yet Americans are paying less and less attention to scientists. For every five hours of cable news,  More...

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 7/14/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Climate change, the energy crisis, nuclear proliferationmany of the most urgent problems of twenty-first century require scientific solutions. And yet Americans are paying less and less attention to scientists. For every five hours of cable news, less than a minute is devoted to science; 46 percent of Americans believe that God, not evolution, created life on earth; the number of newspapers with science sections has shrunk from ninety-five to thirty-three since 1989. The disconnect between the scientific community and American culture grows wider every day.InUnscientific America, journalist and best-selling author Chris Mooney and scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum explain how corporate interests, a weak education system, science-phobic politicians, and hyperspecialized scientists have created this dangerous state of affairs. They also propose a broad array of initiatives that could reverse the current trend and lead to the greater integration of science into our national discoursebefore it is too late.

Geoffrey Trease was a prolific writer, with over 100 books to his name, and has been translated into 20 languages. He is best known for his children's historical fiction. His most popular and successful book, Cue For Treason, portrayed a company of strolling players in Shakespeare's time and a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I.Chris Mooney lives in Boston, where he is at work on his second novel.

From a Scientist and a Writer
Why Pluto Matters
Rethinking the Problem of Scientific Illiteracy
The Rise and Cultural Decline of American Science
From Sputnik to Sagan
Third Culture, or Nerd Culture?
Different Rifts, Still Divided
Science Escape 2008
Unpopular Science
Hollywood and the Mad Scientists
Bruising Their Religion
The Future In Our Bones
The Bloggers Cannot Save Us
Is Our Scientists Learning?
Conclusion: A New Mission for American Science
Notes
Index

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