Science and the Written Word: Science, Technology, and Society

Paperback | August 31, 2011

byLou Massa

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In order to meet the growing scientific requirements of an increasingly complex society, it is essential for us to have an appreciation of the power and breadth of science. Science and the Written Word is a collection of interviews featuring some of the world's greatest scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The interviews examine topics related to the nature of science and technology, making them more accessible to the general reader, and emphasize the relationship ofvarious scientific disciplines to one another. Through this book, readers learn from the "inside" how science is done, what motivates it, and why it is of importance to society as a whole. The book offers insights into scientific personalities and dispels common misconceptions regarding the popularimage of scientists. The interviews in this book examine standards of behavior and ethics and demonstrate the relationships between science and social values. They delve into topics such as the utility of science in application to war, the importance of science in the educational curriculum, cost benefits of fundamentalresearch in consideration of the national budget, and the public controversy of evolution versus intelligent design. Cumulatively, the discussions in this book give rise to an awareness of both the reality of science and technology and its profound impact upon the well being of society.

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In order to meet the growing scientific requirements of an increasingly complex society, it is essential for us to have an appreciation of the power and breadth of science. Science and the Written Word is a collection of interviews featuring some of the world's greatest scientists and Nobel Prize winners. The interviews examine topics ...

Lou Massa is a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has had visiting appointments at the IBM Watson Research Lab, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Bordeaux, the University of London, the Naval Research Lab, the Naval Surface...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.39 inPublished:August 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199734321

ISBN - 13:9780199734320

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Table of Contents

Jerome Karle: Introduction1. James Watson: "Genes Girls and Gamov"2. Dudley Herschbach: "Ben Franklin's Scientific Amusements"3. Roald Hoffman: "The Same and Not the Same"4. Leon Lederman: "The God Particle"5. Gertrude Elion: "The Purine Path to Chemotherapy"6. Rosalyn Yalow: "The Discovery of Radioimmunoassay"7. Eugene Straus: "Rosalyn Yalow Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine"8. Lothar Shafer: "In Search of Divine Reality: Science as a Source for Inspiration"9. Mary Palevsky: "Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions"10. Paul Hoffman: "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth"11. Ruth Lewin Sime: "Lise Meitner: a Life in Physics"12. Michael Riordan: "Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age"Biographical Notes on the Interviewees, Author of the Introduction, and Host of SandWWNotes on SandWW in the context of CUNY-TV