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  • Denialismby Michael Specter

    Penguin Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    ?Specter is both provocative and thoughtful in his defense of science and rationality?though he certainly does not believe that scientists are infallible. His writing is engaging and his sources are credible, making this a significant addition to public discourse on the importance of discriminating between credible science and snake oil.?? Publishers... more...

  • Philosophies of the Sciencesby Fritz Allhoff

    Wiley 2009; US$ 39.95

    A collection of essays discussing a wide range of sciences and the central philosophical issues associated with them, presenting the sciences collectively to encourage a greater understanding of their associative theoretical foundations, as well as their relationships to each other. Offers a new and unique approach to studying and comparing the... more...

  • A Second Genesisby Julian Chela-Flores

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2008; US$ 91.00

    A Second Genesis enquires why nature is intelligible. The fast growth of technology and deeper understanding of the humanities have provided significant clues. Answering the question why nature can be understood requires an introduction to the new science of astrobiology and the exploration of the Solar System. A careful discussion of a “second... more...

  • The March of Unreasonby Dick Taverne

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 18.99

    Our daily news bulletins bring us tales of the wonder of science, from Mars rovers and intelligent robots to developments in cancer treatment, and yet often the emphasis is on the potential threats posed by science. It appears that irrationality is on the rise in western society, and public opinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice... more...

  • The One Culture?by Jay A. Labinger; Harry Collins

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 30.00

    So far the "Science Wars" have generated far more heat than light. Combatants from one or the other of what C. P. Snow famously called "the two cultures" (science versus the arts and humanities) have launched bitter attacks but have seldom engaged in constructive dialogue about the central issues. In The One Culture?, Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins... more...

  • Bad Scienceby Ben Goldacre

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 15.99

    Have you ever wondered how one day the media can assert that alcohol is bad for us and the next unashamedly run a story touting the benefits of daily alcohol consumption? Or how a drug that is pulled off the market for causing heart attacks ever got approved in the first place? How can average readers, who aren't medical doctors or Ph.D.s in biochemistry,... more...

  • A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophyby John F. W. Herschel

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 43.00

    Originally published in 1830, this book can be called the first modern work in the philosophy of science, covering an extraordinary range of philosophical, methodological, and scientific subjects.  "Herschel's book . . . brilliantly analyzes both the history and nature of science."?Keith Stewart Thomson, American Scientist more...

  • Taking Science to the Peopleby Carolyn Johnsen

    University of Nebraska Press 2010; US$ 14.00

    Taking Science to the People calls on scientists and engineers to polish their writing and speaking skills in order to communicate more clearly about their work to the public, policy makers, and reporters who cover science. The authors represent a range of experience and authority, including distinguished scientists who write well about science, federal... more...

  • Science Frictionby Michael Shermer

    Henry Holt and Co. 2010; US$ 23.99

    Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day-and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A... more...

  • Explaining Scienceby Ronald N. Giere

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 32.00

    "This volume presents an attempt to construct a unified cognitive theory of science in relatively short compass. It confronts the strong program in sociology of science and the positions of various postpositivist philosophers of science, developing significant alternatives to each in a reeadily comprehensible sytle. It draws loosely on recent developments... more...