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9780465019175

Unscientific America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465019175

  • ISBN10:

    046501917X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-08
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

Journalist and bestselling author Mooney and scientist Kirshenbaum offer an impassioned polemic about the dangers of America's scientific illiteracy. They go on to propose a broad array of initiatives that could lead to a greater integration of science into the national discourse.

Author Biography

Chris Mooney is host of the Point of Inquiry podcast (www.pointofinquiry.org) and the author of The Republican War on Science and Storm World. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Sheril Kirshenbaum is a member of the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she served as a congressional science fellow. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. ix
From a Scientist and a Writerp. xvii
Why Pluto Mattersp. 1
Rethinking the Problem of Scientific Illiteracyp. 13
The Rise and Cultural Decline of American Science
From Sputnik to Saganp. 25
Third Culture, or Nerd Culture?p. 41
Different Rifts, Still Divided
Science Escape 2008p. 53
Unpopular Sciencep. 67
Hollywood and the Mad Scientistsp. 81
Bruising Their Religionp. 95
The Future in our Bones
The Bloggers Cannot Save Usp. 109
Is Our Scientists Learning?p. 117
Conclusion: A New Mission for American Sciencep. 127
Notesp. 133
Indexp. 199
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