BOOKS RECEIVED: Soraya Boudia and Nathalie Jas, eds., “Powerless Science?: Science and Politics in a Toxic World” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
In spite of decades of research on toxicants, along with the growing role of scientific expertise in public policy and the unprecedented rise in the number of national and international institutions dealing with environmental health issues, problems surrounding contaminants and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Denham, Iriarte and  Vrydaghs, eds., “Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Although the need to study agriculture in different parts of the world on its own terms has long been recognized and re-affirmed, a tendency persists to evaluate agriculture across the globe using concepts, lines of evidence and methods derived from… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Cameron M. Smith and Charles Sullivan, “The Top 10 Myths About Evolution” (Left Coast Press, 2006)
Though the United States is the world leader in science and technology, many of its citizens display a shocking ignorance regarding basic scientific facts. Recent surveys have revealed that only about half of Americans realize that humans have never lived… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: John Grattan and Robin Torrence, eds., “Living Under the Shadow: Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Popularist treatments of ancient disasters like volcanic eruptions have grossly overstated their capacity for death, destruction, and societal collapse. Contributors to this volume;from anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, geology, and biology;show that human societies have been incredibly resilient and, in the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sarah Chicone and Richard Kissel, “Dinosaurs and Dioramas: Creating Natural History Exhibitions” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Two experienced exhibit designers lead you through the complex process of design and installation of natural history exhibitions. The authors introduce the history and function of natural history museums and their importance in teaching visitors the basic principles of science.… Read More
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