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Author Dean, Cornelia, author.

Title Making sense of science : separating substance from spin / Cornelia Dean.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 281 pages)
Summary Cornelia Dean draws on her 30 years as a science journalist with the New York Times to expose the flawed reasoning and knowledge gaps that handicap readers when they try to make sense of science. She calls attention to conflicts of interest in research and the price society pays when science journalism declines and funding dries up.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-267) and index.
Contents We the people -- What we know, and what we don't know -- The belief engine -- Thinking about risk -- The research enterprise -- What is science? -- How science knows what it knows -- Models -- A jury of peers -- Things go wrong -- Misconduct -- Science in court -- Researchers and journalists -- The universal solvent -- A matter of money -- Selling health -- What's for supper? -- Political science -- Constituency of ignorance -- The political environment -- Taking things on faith.
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Subject Science news.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Research -- Political aspects.
Science in popular culture.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Dean, Cornelia. Making sense of science. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017 9780674059696 (DLC) 2016037738 (OCoLC)957264739
ISBN 9780674978980 (electronic bk.)
0674978986 (electronic bk.)
9780674059696 (alk. paper)
0674059697 (alk. paper)
Standard No. 13883565