Unscientific America

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Unscientific America

How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future

By Chris Mooney; Sheril Kirshenbaum

Basic Books (AZ), Paperback, 9780465019175, 209pp.

Publication Date: June 8, 2010

Climate change, the energy crisis, nuclear proliferationmany of the most urgent problems of the twenty-first century require scientific solutions, yet America is paying less and less attention to scientists. For every five hours of cable news, less than one minute is devoted to science, and the number of newspapers with science sections has shrunk from ninety-five to thirty-three in the last twenty years. In "Unscientific America," journalist and best-selling author Chris Mooney and scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum explain this dangerous state of affairs, proposing a broad array of initiatives that could reverse the current trend.

An impassioned call to arms, "Unscientific America" exhorts Americans to reintegrate science into public discoursebefore it is too late.

About the Author
CHRIS MOONEY is the Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and author of The Republican War on Science. He lives in Washington, D.C.