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Science Next

Innovation for the Common Good From the Center for American Progress

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New science for a new administration from the premier liberal think tank.

“As we turn the page on eight years of cynical science policy in the White House, Science Next is exactly the book we need, with more provocative ideas per ounce than any volume you are likely to read this year.”--Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food

Science Next addresses important topics in science policy in prose that is beautifully written, clear, and to the point.”--Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics and What to Eat
Science Next illustrates the profound connections between science and many facets of our society.  I have enjoyed hop-scotching through the book and others who are concerned about the need for evidence-based policies in government and industry will too.”--Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning author of The Art and Politics of Science

“This elegant book lucidly covers an impressive amount of territory and sheds light on the current horizons of science.  It links science and innovation policy.  It bridges between the laboratory and the policy community. As such it will be invaluable to informed citizens, scientists and policy makers alike.”--John Kao, author of Innovation Nation

Emerging from the Bush era when right-wing ideology frequently trumped mainstream science in government, America needs bold new approaches to the most important issues of our time, such as global warming, stem cell research, national security, and improving communication in the digital age. This is the informed citizen’s essential guide to science policy from the premier progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. With foreword by Elizabeth Edwards.

Jonathan D. Moreno is editor-in-chief of the Center for American Progress’ online magazine, Science Progress, and a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rick Weiss came to CAP from The Washington Post, where he was a science and medical reporter for fifteen years.



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Following a foreword by former Sen. Edwards' wife Elizabeth extolling scientific advances as she faces cancer, Moreno (bioethics, U. of Pennsylvania) and Weiss, both affiliated with the Center for American Progress (CAP), present a collection of progressive ideas for tackling challenges including restoring dam- damaged rivers, preventing biotechnology-fueled terrorism, reforming government, and bridging the great divide between science and the public. CAP is a think tank in Washington, D.C. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781934137185
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 23 cm


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