Why Science?

Why Science?

by James Trefil
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Teachers College Press

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Why Science?

With conviction and clarity, prize-winning scientist and bestselling author James Trefil explains why every U.S. citizen needs to be "scientifically literate." As Trefil sees it, citizens simply cannot participate fully in the democratic process if they don't understand fundamental scientific concepts. And he describes exactly what these principles are, from understanding natural selection to grasping Maxwell's Equations governing electricity and magnetism; from recognizing that the surface of the earth is constantly in flux to grasping the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. With an appreciation of our national state of ignorance on scientific matters, he not only explains these concepts but also shows why they are worth knowing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807748312
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 11/09/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     IX
Science: A World Understood     1
Scientific Literacy: What Is It?     20
Scientific Literacy: The Argument from Civics     34
Scientific Literacy: The Argument from Culture     46
Scientific Literacy: The Argument from Aesthetics     61
The State of Scientific Literacy     79
The Research Pipeline     93
The Historical Struggle with Science Education     114
Apportioning the Blame: How We Got to Where We Are     130
The Goals of Science Education     148
Training for Galileo in the World of Craig Venter     161
The Great Ideas Approach to Scientific Literacy     176
Notes     195
References     199
Index     203
About the Author     209

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