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Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin
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Cornelia Dean
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Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin

Cornelia Dean


9780674237803

Belknap Press


Media studies;
Central government policies;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Philosophy of science;
Science funding & policy


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296 pages

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A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Most of us learn about science from media coverage, and anyone seeking factual information on climate change, vaccine safety, genetically modified foods, or the dangers of peanut allergies has to sift through an avalanche of bogus assertions, misinformation, and carefully packaged spin. Cornelia Dean draws on thirty years of experience as a science reporter at the New York Times to expose the tricks that handicap readers with little background in science. She reveals how activists, business spokespersons, religious leaders, and talk show hosts influence the way science is reported and describes the conflicts of interest that color research. At a time when facts are under daily assault, Making Sense of Science seeks to equip nonscientists with a set of critical tools to evaluate the claims and controversies that shape our lives.

Making Sense of Science explains how to decide who is an expert, how to understand data, what you need to do to read science and figure out whether someone is lying to you... If science leaves you with a headache trying to figure out what's true, what it all means and who to trust, Dean's book is a great place to start. -Casper Star-Tribune Fascinating... Its mission is to help nonscientists evaluate scientific claims, with much attention paid to studies related to health. -Seattle Times This engaging book offers non-scientists the tools to connect with and evaluate science, and for scientists it is a timely call to action for effective communication. -Times Higher Education

By:   Cornelia Dean
Imprint:   Belknap Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780674237803
ISBN 10:   0674237803
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Cornelia Dean is a science writer for the New York Times and Writer-in-Residence at Brown University.


[An] engagingly written guidebook...Not only are we irrational, but we are mostly ignorant about science, and Dean explores both the reasons and the effects, including our erroneous ideas about probability and risk...Dean's long and varied experience in the world of science reporting makes for an articulate, well-structured, and easily understood account filled with good stories and sound advice.--Kirkus Reviews (01/15/2017) Dean's excellent primer will be welcomed by those who find themselves lost in the fog of rival claims about scientific issues that affect us all.--Publishers Weekly (01/23/2017) Current and future scientists and journalists, as well as advocates for science, will appreciate Dean's effort to combat scientific illiteracy.--Nancy R. Curtis Library Journal (02/24/2017) Dean explains how, despite living in an 'age of science, ' the American public is largely ignorant about what science is and how it works...Dean offers a step-by-step guide for evaluating science. In a few simple steps, she explains how to decide who is an expert, how to understand data, what you need to do to read science and figure out whether someone is lying to you...If science leaves you with a headache trying to figure out what's true, what it all means and who to trust, Dean's book is a great place to start.-- (05/02/2017) This engaging book offers non-scientists the tools to connect with and evaluate science, and for scientists it is a timely call to action for effective communication.--Laura Bowater Times Higher Education (05/11/2017) This book is an accessible-by-all description of modern science and the societal gap of understanding.--C. Sokolik Choice (08/01/2017) Fascinating...Its mission is to help nonscientists evaluate scientific claims, with much attention paid to studies related to health.--Froma Harrop Seattle Times (07/05/2017)

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