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Unscientific America

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Unscientific America

How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future

By Chris Mooney; Sheril Kirshenbaum

Basic Books, Hardcover, 9780465013050, 224pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2009


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: //

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."

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

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