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Science in Public : Communication, Culture, and Credibility - Jane Gregory

Science in Public

Communication, Culture, and Credibility

Paperback Published: 17th August 2000
ISBN: 9780738203577
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Does the general public need to understand science? And if so, is it scientists' responsibility to communicate? Critics have argued that, despite the huge strides made in technology, we live in a "scientifically illiterate" society--one that thinks about the world and makes important decisions without taking scientific knowledge into account. But is the solution to this "illiteracy" to deluge the layman with scientific information? Or does science news need to be focused around specific issues and organized into stories that are meaningful and relevant to people's lives? In this unprecedented, comprehensive look at a new field, Jane Gregory and Steve Miller point the way to a more effective public understanding of science in the years ahead.

Prefacep. ix
The Recent "Public Understanding of Science Movement"p. 1
Popular Science: Friend or Foe?p. 52
Popularization, Public Understanding and the Public Spherep. 81
Media Issues in the Public Understanding of Sciencep. 104
Case Studies in Public Sciencep. 132
An ABC of Risk--Apples, Beef, and Cometsp. 166
Science in Museumsp. 196
Initiatives and Activities in the Public Understanding of Sciencep. 220
A Protocol for Science Communication for the Public Understanding of Sciencep. 242
Referencesp. 251
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780738203577
ISBN-10: 0738203572
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 8 - 17
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.39  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1