Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress

Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress

by Daniel Sarewitz
ISBN-10:
1566394163
ISBN-13:
9781566394161
Pub. Date:
05/28/1996
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Select a Purchase Option
  • purchase options
    $29.56 $36.95 Save 20% Current price is $29.56, Original price is $36.95. You Save 20%.
  • purchase options

Overview

Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress

For the past fifty years, science and technology-supported with billions of dollars from the U.S. government-have advanced at a rate that would once have seemed miraculous, while society's problems have grown more intractable, complex, and diverse. Yet scientists and politicians alike continue to prescribe more science and more technology to cure such afflictions as global climate change, natural resource depletion, overpopulation, inadequate health care, weapons proliferation, and economic inequality.

Daniel Sarewitz scrutinizes the fundamental myths that have guided the formulation of science policy for half a century-myths that serve the professional and political interests of the scientific community, but often fail to advance the interests of society as a whole. His analysis ultimately demonstrates that stronger linkages between progress in science and progress in society will require research agendas that emerge not from the intellectual momentum of science, but from the needs and goals of society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566394161
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 05/28/1996
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews