What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction?AÂ History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating -- and significant -- missteps:
These are today's sins of science -- as deplorable as mistaken ideas from the past such as advocating racial purity or using lobotomies as a cure for mental illness. These unwitting errors add up to seven lessons both cautionary and profound, narrated by renowned author and speaker Paul A. Offit. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using some of today's most controversial creations -- e-cigarettes, GMOs, drug treatments for ADHD -- as case studies. For every "ah-ha!" moment that should have been an "oh no," this book is an engrossing account of how science has been misused disastrously -- and how we can learn to use its power for good.
Paul A. Offit is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Offit is a board member of Every Child By Two and a founding board member of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF).