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Gr 7-9-- While both of these books discuss an area of current scientific and technological concern within its social context, neither will replace the standard works on its topic. Herda and Madden begin with a general discussion of science and society, but only to introduce the idea of technological parity and state the necessity of living with science and technology. They provide a history of land use, contemporary ideas on uses of land for building and agriculture, and coverage of urgent problems. They advocate less use of benefit/cost analysis, which considers only economic factors, and more reliance on environmental impact studies. Unfortunately, their writing suffers from a number of minor but irritating logical, grammatical, and factual faults, and the bibliography is not comprehensive. In comparison, Laurence Pringle's What Shall We Do with the Land? (Crowell, 1981; o.p.) has much more accessible language and is generally better organized, but is sadly dated. Lampton begins with an introduction to the basic definitions of science and technology, and their effect upon society. He then describes the science of genetics, the technology of genetic engineering (including the risks), and some possible social effects of both. Although his tone and content are objective, he projects democratic values in his fictionalized scenarios of what might happen if genetic screening or gene manipulation were in place. Comparable works include Eve and Albert Stwertka's Genetic Engineering (Watts, 1989) and Alvin and Virginia Silverstein's Genes, Medicine and You (Enslow, 1989), both of which treat the subject more clearly and in somewhat more detail than Lampton. --Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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