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Making sense of science : separating substance from spin / Cornelia Dean.

By: Dean, Cornelia [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c2017Description: xi, 281 pages ; 22 centimetres.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780674059696 (alk. paper); 0674059697 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Science news | Research -- Moral and ethical aspects | Research -- Political aspects | Science in popular culture | Communication in science | Science journalism. -- Moral and ethical aspects
Contents:
We the people -- What we know, and what we don't know -- The belief engine -- Thinking about risk -- The research enterprise -- What is science? -- How science knows what it knows -- Models -- A jury of peers -- Things go wrong -- Misconduct -- Science in court -- Researchers and journalists -- The universal solvent -- A matter of money -- Selling health -- What's for supper? -- Political science -- Constituency of ignorance -- The political environment -- Taking things on faith.
Summary: Cornelia Dean draws on her 30 years as a science journalist with the New York Times to expose the flawed reasoning and knowledge gaps that handicap readers when they try to make sense of science. She calls attention to conflicts of interest in research and the price society pays when science journalism declines and funding dries up.-- Provided by publisher
List(s) this item appears in: Dana Research Centre and Library - New acquisitions - June 2019
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [265]-267) and index.

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