Praise for Volumes One and Two of Controversies in Science & Technology—
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“Biology and political controversy are marching hand in hand in today’s globalizing world. This balanced yet challenging book offers rich perspectives on the reasons for controversy, without falling back on outdated simplicities such as the public’s ignorance of science."
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
"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 GraduateSchool of Education and Information Studies, UCLA. Author of Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues (2006)
“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)
“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.”
PhD, Theology and Ethics
Catholic priest and a frequent consultant to bioethics committees. Author in the areas of treatment issues related to handicapped newborns, fetal tissue use, sexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case.