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Science in Public : Communication, Culture, and Credibility

Science in Public : Communication, Culture, and Credibility - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0738203577

Cover of Science in Public : Communication, Culture, and Credibility 98 (ISBN 978-0738203577)
ISBN13: 978-0738203577
ISBN10: 0738203572
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Perseus Press
Published: 1998
International: No

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Science in Public : Communication, Culture, and Credibility - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0738203577

Jane Gregory and Steve Miller

ISBN13: 978-0738203577
ISBN10: 0738203572
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Perseus Press

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface

The Recent "Public Understanding of Science Movement"

Science in Public Culture

Popular Science : Friend or Foe?

Popularization, Public Understanding, and the Public Sphere

Media Issues in the Public Understanding of Science

Case Studies in Public Science

An ABC of Risk -- Apples, Beef, and Comets

Science in Museums

Initiatives and Activities in the Public Understanding of Science

A Protocol for Science Communication for the Public Understanding of Science

References

Index

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