Unscientific America in Paperback!

By The Intersection | June 8, 2010 7:41 am

UA PaperbackIt’s received both tremendous praise and endless scorn. The president’s science adviser and the National Science Teachers Association extol it. The New Atheists loathe it and have repeatedly attacked it.

And today, after a whirlwind first year in print, Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future officially debuts in paperback! Already over at Amazon.com, there are only two paperbacks now left in stock…but we’re assured more are on the way.

The paperback edition contains a new preface, addressing some of the questions and criticisms that earlier editions received. Without giving too much away:

* We consider the latest data on science and the U.S. public.

* We consider the impact of “ClimateGate” on the book’s broader argument about science communication.

* We stand by and defend our “Chapter 8,” about the New Atheism.

* We identify the sector–guess which–where the most positive changes are occurring to bring science and the public into better relations.

*We propose new initiatives–and one in particular that seems to really inspire people–to further advance this goal.

In addition, with the added perspective that a year in print makes possible, it is clear that Unscientific America emerged in the summer of 2009 at the front of a larger incoming wave in the scientific world–which was all about reconsidering and improving scientists’ relations with the public. Thus, although it is very different from these books in many ways, Unscientific America really must be considered alongside other books on science communication that came out in the same year, such as Randy Olson’s Don’t Be Such a Scientist and Cornelia Dean’s Am I Making Myself Clear?

And those books, too, are only the beginning. Not only are more like them coming, but all of these works collectively resonate with another, even larger initiative that Chris has become involved in–as he will soon announce. Suffice it to say that we’re not the only ones putting new onus on scientists to reconnect with the media and public….


Comments (6)

  1. Your book is a gem. Thank you for such a wonderful gift. Congratulations for the paperback edition. You both deserve the best.

  2. Squeaky Woo Woo

    I bought and read your book a couple of weeks ago after seeing Chris speaking on ABC (Australia) at a National Press Club meeting. The book was an excellent read and I intend to pass it round some friends and family too. Keep up the good work!

  3. Ecocampaigner

    The book was great, I now know that all liberals are by definition smart and right, and conservatives are dumb and wrong and unscientific.

  4. TheMetalChick

    Ecocampaigner: Now *I* know that you did not actually read the book.

  5. Eric Baumholder

    The book is a marvelous read. It shows how it’s possible to explain science journalism and violate the explanations with a straight face — and make money at the same time.

  6. Well, good! It is indeed a very good book.

    “* We stand by and defend our “Chapter 8,” about the New Atheism.”

    Well, I should hope so. After all, you made sense, and the hysterical reaction to that from some proved even more should have been said. And it’s not just you saying it now, but others as atheists, including myself as an atheist, and even more better, some have now taken it further to go for some much-needed criticism of those who act up like Myers and Coyne.

    I’ll be making sure to buy a copy of the new edition, and I wish you both every bit of success. Us atheists aren’t all twits who want to rival the Inquisition, and the problems with the extremist atheists were apparent before you wrote your book and included a bit about their effect on science.


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