Unscientific America

How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future

By Chris Mooney; Sheril Kirshenbaum
(Basic Books, Hardcover, 9780465013050, 224pp.)

Publication Date: July 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

An impassioned polemic about the dangers of America’s scientific illiteracy




About the Author

Chris Mooney is a contributing editor to Science Progress and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Republican War on Science, and Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming. He contributes to many publications including Wired, Slate, and The American Prospect. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a marine scientist and Research Associate at Duke University. Previously, she has served as a congressional science fellow and pop radio disc jockey. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Together, they blog at The Intersection (http://www.scienceblogs.com/intersection).




NPR
Friday, Aug 21, 2009

Is the rift closing between scientists and the general public? Sheril Kirshenbaum, co-author of Unscientific America, discusses the challenges of communicating about science and engineering, what scientists can do to help, and why science literacy is especially important today. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Unscientific America

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.”

Buffalo News
“[An] important book”

NSTA Recommends
“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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