374 pages, no illustrations
This is an intelligent, insightful, and entertaining exploration of the serious issue of how modern science is being misrepresented and distorted. Is global warming just scaremongering by climatologists conspiring to protect their jobs? Is evolution 'just a theory?'. The answer to these questions is, of course, no. The scientific evidence is now in, and it's conclusive, on these and many other issues fundamental to our knowledge and well-being. But you'd never know this if you believed everything you read or heard in the popular media. Denying Science surveys the gamut of clearly unscientific ideas concerning the food we eat, the medicines and potions we are either afraid of or advised to take, our sex preferences, and a host of other issues that are raised by various panics, urban legends, and a general climate of misinformation.
"John Grant is the living heir of Martin Gardner. He delivers the facts and suffers no fools."
– Gregory Frost, author of Shadowbridge
"This is the book you've been waiting for. Timely, encyclopedic, and compulsively readable, Denying Science makes sense of the whole ugly business of science denial. Buy two and send one to your congressman."
– Michael Swanwick, author of Dancing with Bears and Bones of the Earth
"A timely and intelligent dissection of all that is wrong with popular responses to science. This articulate and impassioned account of the workings of the world should be required reading for decision-makers everywhere. Hang on: that's all of us."
– Keith Brooke, PhD, author, The Accord, Genetopia, and alt.human
"Packed with damning facts and deadly wit, this book shows how we're being lied to on an industrial scale. A fine piece of intellectual anti-virus software!"
– Ken MacLeod, science fiction writer
"For the past few years, John Grant has been intrepidly documenting instances of bogus, corrupted, and discarded science. Now he's back with perhaps the best of the lot: Denying Science. As topical and as cutting as past volumes have been, Denying Science gets to the heart of the problem in today's world – and does so with fascinating, brilliantly written accounts that may curl your toes but also contain elements of humor and absurdity. Highly recommended."
– Jeff VanderMeer, World Fantasy Award winner, author of The Steampunk Bible
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John Grant is the author of more than 70 books, including the critically acclaimed Discarded Science, and Bogus Science.