"A highly informative and engaging exploration of some of the most important - and controversial -- issues of our time. Whether stem cell research or global warming, Controversies moves beyond the trite and challenges our notions of the world and of human life itself."
Robert Lanza, MD
VP Research & Scientific Development, Advanced Cell Technology
Professor, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
"'Teaching the controversies' is the most important new direction in science curricula and pedagogy in many decades. This is an ideal text for such projects. The experts assembled here bring insight and balance to some of the most heated debates making headlines today. The authors' clarity and engaging styles make the book fun to read inside or outside the classroom."
Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA. She is the author of Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues (2006).
"An excellent anthology – a wonderful resource for a healthy dialogue between so-called 'pure science' (i.e., values-free research) and the cultural values of real life. In this multi-faceted anthology, solid science meets philosophy, religion, and public policy. It's an ideal textbook for courses in the 'philosophy of science,' grappling with the societal implications of science and technology."
Richard Sparks, PhD
A Catholic priest with a PhD in Theology and Ethics. He is currently the Director of the Paulist Center in Boston. He is a frequent lecturer and consultant to bioethics committees. He has written in the areas of treatment issues related to handicapped newborns, fetal-tissue use, sexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case.
"The expert lineup of authors and the range of issues covered make this book an excellent reader for courses on science and contemporary society. The diversity of approaches to each topic reflects the complexity of the issues, and is a welcome step away from simplistic Good Idea-Bad Idea dichotomies. I look forward to using it in the classroom."
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Social and International Studies Department, Southern Polytechnic State University. Author of Rockets and Missiles: The Life and Times of a Technology (2004) and Imagining Flight: Aviation and Popular Culture (2003)
"If you are looking for incisive and knowledgeable opinions on the scientific and social implications of five key technological issues, this is the volume for you. The essays are not only examples of thoughtful scholarship but they also serve as roadmaps for citizens to follow when making informed decisions in their daily lives and in the voting booth."
Editor-in-Chief, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News