These contradictions, Onion explains, can be understood by examining the histories of popular science and the development of ideas about American childhood. She shows how the idealized concept of "science" has moved through the public consciousness and how the drive to make child scientists has deeply influenced American culture.
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We applaud the smartphones and space exploration that spring from scientific research yet continue to reject scientific conclusions because of political and religious ideologies. Rebecca Onion dissects such contradictions, offering a fascinating perspective on how we use science to help shape children's lives and our own.Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette, author of Science on American Television