Merchants of Doubt

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The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. These scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly-some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is "not settled" denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. "Doubt is our product," wrote one tobacco executive. These "experts" supplied it.

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.



Autorentext

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and the author of nearly 200 scholarly papers and popular articles. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Times (London), and many others. Her TED talk, "Why We Should Trust Scientists" was viewed more than a million times. She is an active participant in the World Economic Forum in Davos. She lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts.

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Produktinformationen

Titel
Merchants of Doubt
Untertitel
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Autor
EAN
9781408828779
ISBN
978-1-4088-2877-9
Format
E-Book (epub)
Hersteller
Bloomsbury UK
Herausgeber
Bloomsbury UK
Genre
Grundlagen
Veröffentlichung
03.10.2011
Digitaler Kopierschutz
Adobe-DRM
Dateigrösse
2.36 MB
Anzahl Seiten
368
Jahr
2011
Auflage
1. Auflage
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