Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility

Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility

by Steve Miller (Author), Jane Gregory (Author)

Synopsis

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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Perseus Publishing
Published: 17 Aug 2000

ISBN 10: 0738203572
ISBN 13: 9780738203577

Author Bio
Jane Gregory is Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at Birkbeck College, London, and an honourary Research Fellow at University College, London.Steve Miller has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and is currently Reader in Science Communication and Planetary Science at University College, London. Jane Gregory is Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at Birkbeck College, London, and an honourary Research Fellow at University College, London.