Genre: nonfiction science
Length: 342 pages
Interest: A friend read the book and passed it on to me, knowing my interest in most things science.
Summary: Goldacre lays out what makes good science and good research and how so much of what we hear about is anything but. He goes through some specific examples of bad science being used on gullible people (like homeopathy) and specific quacks in the news. He also covers the media’s role in the scamming of the public, using the MMR vaccine hoax as an example.
Final thoughts: As I was reading the book, I kept in the back of mind how it would work within a class that does an overview of science. While the book bogs down at times, particularly when discussing British “doctors” I didn’t know, there were many fascinating bits that I enjoyed. This is a good introduction to science for the general public.
Title comes from: Goldacre is always on the lookout for bad science and wrote a whole book on it. He’s got a website about more bad science as well.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book from a previous year
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