A Parliament of Science: Science for the 21st Century

A Parliament of Science: Science for the 21st Century

by Michael Tobias
     
 

Based on interviews with eighteen prominent scientists and public policymakers from around the globe, A Parliament of Science provides a rich overview of the challenges, promises, and perils of science and technology in the twenty-first century. What can we hope for? What must we fear? How can scientists, civil society, and politicians work together to harness science… See more details below

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Based on interviews with eighteen prominent scientists and public policymakers from around the globe, A Parliament of Science provides a rich overview of the challenges, promises, and perils of science and technology in the twenty-first century. What can we hope for? What must we fear? How can scientists, civil society, and politicians work together to harness science and technology into a power for the good of all humanity?

Those interviewed speak candidly of their passions, hopes, and concerns as they explore the scientific and policy implications of the major issues of our time, including sustainability, politics, cloning, ethics, global climate change, the digital divide, and mass extinction of biological species. This welcome introduction to the debate on mankind’s needs for a true “science for the twenty-first century” also serves as a sobering reappraisal of where we have been, what our ingenuity has wrought for better or for worse, and where we and the whole planet seem to be headed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791458136
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
The Scandal of Unsustainability10
The Sixth Wave of Extinction20
Protecting the Biosphere26
Where Science and Policy Meet: The Search for a Common Language32
Ecology: Modern Science and Traditional Wisdom42
The Eyes of the Universe52
Hope, Anxiety, and Doubt: The Public View of Science62
The Role of the Citizen72
Particles and Poverty78
Only People Give Me Hope86
The Biology of Making Peace94
A Life Devoted to Peace102
Science for Peace108
The Cry of the Eight Hundred Million120
The Soul of Sustainability128
Sharing Knowledge for Development138
Let Our Children Bridge the Gap146
Doing Science in Ethics Time154
Bibliography163
About the Editors165
Index167

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