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Description - Communicating Biological Sciences by Richard Elliott

Recent scandals in the biosciences have highlighted the perils of communicating science leading many observers to ask questions about the pressures on scientists and the media to hype-up claims of scientific breakthroughs. Journalists, science writers and scientists themselves have to report complex and rapidly-developing scientific issues to society, yet work within conceptual and temporal constraints that shape their communication. To date, there has been little reflection on the ethical implications of science writing and science communication in an era of rapid change. Communicating Biological Sciences discusses the 'ethics' of science communication in light of recent developments in biotechnology and biomedicine. It focuses on the role of metaphors in the creation of visions and the framing of scientific advances, as well as their impact on patterns of public acceptance and rejection, trust and scepticism. Its rigorous investigation will appeal not only to science writers and scientists, but also to scholars of sociology, science and technology studies, media and journalism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754676324
ISBN-10: 0754676323
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 266
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Elliott

Brigitte Nerlich is a Professor of Science, Language and Society at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK; Richard Elliott is a Postgraduate Research Student at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK; Brendon Larson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada Brigitte Nerlich, Richard Elliott, Brendon Larson, Elmien Wolvaardt, Sheila Jasanoff, Matthew C. Nisbet, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Toby Murcott, Fiona Fox, Jon Turney, Tim Radford, Stephen Strauss, Iina Hellsten, Andrew Balmer, Camille Herreman, Megan Allyse.

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