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Read this - he's right,
This review is from: The Geek Manifesto: Why science matters (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)How many of our 650 MPs have science PhD's? Only three. How many of the 100 US Senators even have an undergraduate degree in science? One! These stats go a little way to explain the sense of incredulous outrage that permeates this book. Why is it acceptable in educated society to laugh at one's scientific illiteracy but unacceptable not to be able to name a novel by Garcia Marquez? Think of any of the Today Programme's presenters (with the exception of Sarah Montague) trying to get their head around any science story.
Henderson has written a well researched and passionately argued book covering every aspect of our lives over which science has a direct but usually poorly understood impact. From irresponsible reporting of health scares like the MMR fiasco to the quality of science teaching in our schools, Henderson thoroughly examines the appallingly low priority and standing that science receives in our technologically dependent society.
At times it veers dangerously close to a rant but, possibly because I tend to agree with most of what he says (especially on the nonsense that is homeopathy for example), I think that is fair enough. Also he is, perhaps, a little bit too gung ho about the ability of scientists to solve all the world's problems - I for one am not certain that the case for the safety of nano-technology and GM crops has been totally nailed. However, in general he is absolutely right, and we would all be better off if every MP and journalist was forced to read this book.