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Is American Science in Decline?

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$53.50 • £42.95 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674052420

Publication Date: 06/11/2012

Short

240 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 line illustration, 21 graphs, 30 tables

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In the heated debate over the state of U.S. science, alarmists say there are too few young high-flyers; others, too many. Enter sociologists Yu Xie and Alexandra Killewald, whose nuanced view is backed up by able number-crunching. The United States, they found, is still a scientific superpower: the workforce has grown, and numbers of new graduates at all levels of higher education are rising. But the future is less certain: the number of U.S. doctorate holders taking up academic posts is in decline and earnings are stagnant, for instance.Nature

Xie and Killewald take a forensic look at who does science in the U.S. today, where they work and why. Their approach is thorough and systematic, and draws together a variety of available data, as well as offering some fresh analysis. This is a short book… It is also a useful one, providing a welcome corrective to the wailing and gnashing of teeth that too often accompanies this debate.—James Wilsdon, Times Higher Education

Opinion about the state of American science ranges from alarmist concerns that the enterprise is in imminent decline to the observation that there are many well-trained scientists with weak career prospects. Xie and Killewald bring a vast array of empirical evidence to bear on the issues. Their clear and concise analysis—and sometimes surprising findings—illuminate the strengths and weaknesses of the American scientific enterprise and, fortunately, lead to a nuanced, but essentially positive diagnosis of its health and prospects.—Robert M. Hauser, University of Wisconsin–Madison

A compelling book that rigorously answers all the parts of a deceptively simple question.—Michael Hout, University of California, Berkeley

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