Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin

Book review by Deane Barker
Cornelia Dean
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★★★★★ (+25.94%) 🛈
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A solid look at how science works, and how the media and the public interpret it.

The book can get depressing. Science is not exact. It’s vague, and sometimes not reproducible, and complicated to understand. The media tends to prey on this for headlines and clicks, and the public doesn’t know what to believe anymore.

Also, money is a problem. Money affects everything, including science. Studies get started, influenced, and completed only because someone is paying for them. Knowing where the money comes from is critical.

Wonderful book. Should be required reading in high school.

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