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Making Sense of Science

Separating Substance from Spin

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$20.00 • £16.95 • €18.00

ISBN 9780674237803

Publication Date: 03/04/2019


296 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

5 photos, 20 illus.

Belknap Press


This engaging book offers non-scientists the tools to connect with and evaluate science, and for scientists it is a timely call to action for effective communication.—Laura Bowater, Times Higher Education

Fascinating… Its mission is to help nonscientists evaluate scientific claims, with much attention paid to studies related to health.—Froma Harrop, The Seattle Times

Dean explains how, despite living in an ‘age of science,’ the American public is largely ignorant about what science is and how it works… Dean offers a step-by-step guide for evaluating science. In a few simple steps, she explains how to decide who is an expert, how to understand data, what you need to do to read science and figure out whether someone is lying to you… If science leaves you with a headache trying to figure out what’s true, what it all means and who to trust, Dean’s book is a great place to start.—Koby Michaels, The Casper Star-Tribune

This book is an accessible-by-all description of modern science and the societal gap of understanding.—C. Sokolik, Choice

[An] engagingly written guidebook… Not only are we irrational, but we are mostly ignorant about science, and Dean explores both the reasons and the effects, including our erroneous ideas about probability and risk… Dean’s long and varied experience in the world of science reporting makes for an articulate, well-structured, and easily understood account filled with good stories and sound advice.Kirkus Reviews

Current and future scientists and journalists, as well as advocates for science, will appreciate Dean’s effort to combat scientific illiteracy.—Nancy R. Curtis, Library Journal

Dean’s excellent primer will be welcomed by those who find themselves lost in the fog of rival claims about scientific issues that affect us all.Publishers Weekly

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