Science In Public: Communication, Culture, And Credibility

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Basic Books, Sep 7, 2000 - Science - 304 pages
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Does the general public need to understand science? And if so, is it scientists' responsibility to communicate? Critics have argued that, despite the huge strides made in technology, we live in a "scientifically illiterate" society--one that thinks about the world and makes important decisions without taking scientific knowledge into account. But is the solution to this "illiteracy" to deluge the layman with scientific information? Or does science news need to be focused around specific issues and organized into stories that are meaningful and relevant to people's lives? In this unprecedented, comprehensive look at a new field, Jane Gregory and Steve Miller point the way to a more effective public understanding of science in the years ahead.
 

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Contents

SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SCIENCE UNDERSTANDING AND THE PUBLIC?
WHY THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE MATTERS
IS THERE ANYTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN?
THE COMING OF AGE OF POPULAR SCIENCE
POPULAR SCIENCE FORA NEW CENTURY
SCIENCE IN POLITICS
THE POSTWAR BONANZA
COMETS IN COLLISION
LEARNING LESSONS
THE ORIGINS OF SCIENCE MUSEUMS
THE RISE OF THE SCIENCE CENTER
SCIENCE MUSEUMS TODAY
THE MUSEUM AS MEDIUM
EVALUATING THE VISITORS EXPERIENCE
THE POLITICS OF MUSEUM SCIENCE

THE TWO CULTURES AND A THIRD?
ANTISCIENCE
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF SCIENCE
SCIENCE AS POWER
SCIENCE AND THE SPIRIT
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN FOR THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE?
WHY AND FOR WHOM?
MODELS OF COMMUNICATION
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE
UNDERSTANDING THE PUBLIC
TRUST IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
UNDERSTANDING SCIENCEINTHEMEDIA
MAKING NEWS OUT OF SCIENCE
NEWS LANGUAGE
WHAT SCIENCE AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS THERE IN THE MEDIA?
SCIENCE ON TELEVISION
THE FASCINATION WITH UNORTHODOX SCIENCE
WHAT EFFECT DOES MEDIA SCIENCE HAVE ON THE PUBLIC?
CHEMISTRY CANDLES AND CARBON
BIG SCIENCE BIG QUESTIONS
OILING THE ENVIRONMENT
IN CONCLUSION
APPLES AND ALAR
BEEF AND BSE
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
GOVERNMENTAL INFORMATION AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS
INDUSTRY
LINKING WITH AND THROUGH THE MEDIA
PUBLIC AND LOCAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE
ENDNOTE
ACKNOWLEDGING THE PLACE OF POPULARIZATION
RESPECTING THE AUDIENCE
NEGOTIATING NEW KNOWLEDGE UNDERSTANDING AND ATTITUDES
ACKNOWLEDGING THE SOCIAL IN SCIENCE
FACILITATING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
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About the author (2000)

Jane Gregory is Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at Birkbeck College, London, and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College, London.

Steve Miller has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and is currently Reader in Science Communication and Planetary Science at University College, London. Jane Gregory is Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at Birkbeck College, London, and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College, London.

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