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Author Walsh, Lynda, 1971-

Title Scientists as prophets : a rhetorical genealogy / Lynda Walsh
Published New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 264 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Prelude: scientists as prophets and the rhetoric of prophecy -- The Delphic oracle and ancient prophetic ethos -- The natural magician and the prophet: Francis Bacon's ethical alchemy -- Confirming signs: the prophetic ethos of the early Royal Society -- Interlude: competing ethical models and a catch-22 -- J. Robert Oppenheimer: cultic prophet -- Rachel Carson, kairotic prophet -- Media, metaphor, and the "oracles of science" -- Climate change and the technologies of prophecy -- Postlude: problems and solutions
Summary In this work, Lynda Walsh argues that our science advisors manufacture certainty for us in the face of the unknown. Through a series of cases reaching from the Delphic oracle to 17th-century London to Climategate, Walsh elucidates many of the problems with our current science-advising system
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Science -- Social aspects -- Forecasting.
Scientists -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199857105 (electronic bk.)
9780199857104 (electronic bk.)