Unscientific America: The Table of Contents

By Chris Mooney | May 26, 2009 12:01 pm

As promised, here is the book’s table of contents, and there’s more to come:

From a Scientist and a Writer (Introduction)

1. Why Pluto Matters

2. Rethinking the Problem of Scientific Illiteracy

Part I: The Rise and Cultural Decline of American Science

3. From Sputnik to Sagan

4. Third Culture or Nerd Culture?

Part II: Different Rifts, Still Divided

5. Science Escape 2008

6. Unpopular Science

7. Hollywood and the Mad Scientists

8. Bruising Their Religion

Part III: The Future in Our Bones

9. The Bloggers Cannot Save Us

10. Is Our Scientists Learning?

Conclusion: A New Mission for American Science

Tomorrow we’ll begin posting a bit of content from the first chapter, “Why Pluto Matters.” Once again, you can preorder here.


Comments (16)

  1. Yay! looking forward to this book!

  2. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

  3. Will it be available in the Kindle edition, and if so will the charts be included if there are any.

  4. From the Santa Clara County (CA) Library system:

    Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future
    by Mooney, Chris
    ISBN: 9780465013050
    Owned: 4
    Requests: 3
    Unfortunately, they missed the co-author.

  5. thanks everyone. don’t know about kindle, but there aren’t any charts….this book is really edited and designed to be a smooth read.

  6. And I promise I’ve co-authored it, regardless of Santa Clara’s oversight đŸ˜‰

  7. John Kwok

    You have a potentially provocative chapter, Sheril and Chris, in Chapter Nine. Are you implying that certain scientific bloggers in the blogosphere are unable to do much to help shape public opinion?

  8. John,
    We hope the whole book is provocative. How’s that for a dodge?

  9. Just to add re Kindle, both of my last two books are available this way, so I would assume it to be the same with Unscientific America.

  10. John Kwok


    Having enjoyed your two previous books – which I am still strongly recommending to friends and others online – I would expect nothing less but to find that your latest is provocative, and, am sure, for the right reasons too!



  11. Kate

    Hey guys,

    Let me know if you need a space to hold a book talk in Palo Alto. We’re happy to host.



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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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