The Real Science Behind Hacky Headlines, Crappy Clickbait, and Suspect Sources
Superfoods, right brain versus left brain, survival of the fittest—these and other commonly shared pop science topics are certainly catchy and all-to-quick to trend online. But they are also often wrong (or, not quite right). These shorthand analogies, memes, and phrases distort the actual science and leave out key details, leading readers to develop a misunderstanding of the world around them.
In The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation, R. Philip Bouchard takes a closer look at 13 pervasive scientific untruths—tackling a range of topics from gravity and radiation to global warming and pandemics—and humorously and accessibly shares the real science behind them. You’ll learn why trees do not “store” carbon dioxide, why getting your genome sequenced tells you much less than you think it does, and why a day is not actually 24 hours.
The deeper we understand these issues, the better we can do as citizens in an era of half-truths, propaganda, and outright lies. The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation makes well-researched science go down easy, satisfying curiosity and sparking further inquiry along the way.