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The Resource Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

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Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming
Title
Merchants of doubt
Title remainder
how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming
Statement of responsibility
Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
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Language
eng
Summary
This book has been praised- and attacked- around the world, for reasons easy to understand. This book tells, with 'brutal clarity', the disquieting 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 that link smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. It is the troubling story of how a cadre of influential scientists have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda. 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. Our 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. 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. The authors, both 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. -- from Back Cover
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Awards note
History of Science Society, Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize Winner, 2011
Cataloging source
DLC
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Oreskes, Naomi
Index
index present
LC call number
Q147
LC item number
.O74 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1965-
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Conway, Erik M.
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  • Scientists
  • Science news
  • Democracy and science
  • Recherche
  • Scientifiques
  • Déontologie professionnelle
  • Démocratie
  • Berufsethik
  • Fehlinformation
  • Klima
  • Wissenschaft
  • Forskare
  • Vetenskap och politik
  • Forskningspolitik
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Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-343) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Doubt is our product -- Strategic defense, phony facts and the creation of the George C. Marshall Institute -- Sowing the seeds of doubt: acid rain -- Constructing a counter-narrative: the fight over the ozone hole -- What's bad science? Who decides? The fight over second-hand smoke -- The denial of global warming -- Denial rides again: the revisionist attack on Rachel Carson -- Of free markets and free speech -- A new view of science
Control code
461631066
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Extent
355 pages
Isbn
9781596916104
Lccn
2009043183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)461631066
Label
Merchants of doubt : how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-343) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Doubt is our product -- Strategic defense, phony facts and the creation of the George C. Marshall Institute -- Sowing the seeds of doubt: acid rain -- Constructing a counter-narrative: the fight over the ozone hole -- What's bad science? Who decides? The fight over second-hand smoke -- The denial of global warming -- Denial rides again: the revisionist attack on Rachel Carson -- Of free markets and free speech -- A new view of science
Control code
461631066
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Extent
355 pages
Isbn
9781596916104
Lccn
2009043183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)461631066
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