This book explores the factors involved in our modern fear of technology, a fear which forms the foundation for anti-technology beliefs and practices. It explains the history of nitrogen in life and in agriculture, countering myths of scarce resources and beliefs about the sufficiency of organic nitrogen to feed the world's population.
Chapter 1) Science,Technology and the Critics of Modernity;
Chapter 2) Science, Integrated Inquiry and Verification;
Chapter 3) Reductionism: Sin, Salvation or Neither?;
Chapter 4) On the Trail of DNA: Genes and Heredity;
Chapter 5) Vitalism and Homeopathy;
Chapter 6; Disenchantment and the Cost of Rejected Knowledge;
Chapter 7; Rejected Knowledge, Nature and the Occult;
Chapter 8) Vitalism, Luddism and the "Organic";
Chapter 9) Feeding Six Billion People;
Chapter 10) Romantics and Reactionaries;
Chapter 11) Risk, Fallibility and Change;
Epilogue: Science, Technology and Humanity
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