Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Large print books - 622 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Science in Public Chapter 3 Popular Science Friend
96
Popularization Public Understanding and
148
Media Issues in the Public Understanding
191
Case Studies in Public Science
244
An ABC of RiskApples Beef and Comets
308
Science in Museums
365
Initiatives and Activities in the Public
409
A Protocol for Science Communication for
450
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Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently working towards a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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