The informative and witty expose of the "bad science" we are all subjected to, called "one of the essential reads of the year" by "New Scientist." We are obsessed with our health. And yet -- from the media's "world-expert microbiologist" with a mail-order Ph.D. in his garden shed laboratory, and via multiple health scares and miracle cures -- we ...
The informative and witty expose of the "bad science" we are all subjected to, called "one of the essential reads of the year" by "New Scientist." We are obsessed with our health. And yet -- from the media's "world-expert microbiologist" with a mail-order Ph.D. in his garden shed laboratory, and via multiple health scares and miracle cures -- we are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory, and sometimes even misleading information. Until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the questionable science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time, but he also goes further: out of the bullshit, he shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.
NEW. Bad Science gives corrosive examples of the scientific method and its abuse. And yes, he is funny. Goldacre is fueled by righteousness, and he wants to teach. You're bound to learn a lot that's both useful and interesting in his chapters. He's a fluent writer. Of particular interest is his chapter on vaccines and the cultural bagatelle, a few years ago, involving Dr. Andrew Wakefield. "Ben Goldacre is exasperated...He is irked, vexed, bugged, ticked off at sometimes inadvertent (because of stupidity) but more often deliberate deceptions perpetrated in the name of science. And he wants you, the reader, to share his feelings...There's more here than just debunking nonsense. The appearance of 'scienceiness': the diagrams and graphs, the experiments (where exactly was that study published? ) that prove their efficacy are all superficially plausible, with enough of a "hassle barrier" to deter a closer look. Dr. Goldacre (a very boyish-looking 36-year-old British physician and author of the popular weekly Bad Science column in The Guardian) shows us why that closer look is necessary and how to do it...You'll get a good grounding in the importance of evidence-based medicine...You'll learn how to weigh the results of competing trials using a funnel plot, the value of meta-analysis and the Cochrane Collaboration. He points out common methodological flaws...'Studies show' is not good enough, he writes: 'The plural of "anecdote" is not data. '"--Katherine Bouton, The New York Times "Ben Goldacre, a British physician and author, has written a very funny and biting book critiquing what he calls "Bad Science. '' Under this heading he includes homeopathy, cosmetics manufacturers whose claims about their products defy plausibility, proponents of miracle vitamins, and drug companies and physicians who design faulty studies and manipulate the results...While it is a very entertaining book, it also provides important insight into the horrifying outcomes that can result when willful anti-intellectualism is allowed equal footing with scientific methodology."--Dennis Rosen, The Boston Globe "I hereby make the heretical argument that it is time to stop cramming kids' heads with the Krebs cycle, Ohm's law, and the myriad other facts that constitute today's science curricula. Instead, what we need to teach is the ability to detect Bad Science--BS, if you will. The reason we do science in the first place is so that 'our own atomized experiences and prejudices' don't mislead us, as Ben Goldacre of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine puts it in his new book, Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks. Understanding what counts as evidence should therefore trump memorizing the structural formulas for alkanes."--Sharon Begley, Newsweek online. "Dr. Ben Goldacre's UK bestseller Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks is finally in print in the USA, and Americans are lucky to have it. Goldacre writes a terrific Guardian column analyzing (and debunking) popular science reporting, and has been a star in the effort to set the record straight on woowoo 'nutritionists, ' doctors who claim that AIDS can be cured with vitamins, and vaccination/autism scares. Bad Science is more than just a debunking expose (though its that): it's a toolkit for critical thinking, a primer on statistics and valid study design, a guide to meta-analysis and other tools for uncovering and understanding truth...The book should be required reading for everyone who cares about health, science, and public policy."--BoingBoing online. 304 pages. 2010. Automatic *UPGRADE* to Expedited Shipping when you purchase two or more items from Special Needs Project. Thank you for shopping with SNP!
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