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Merchants of Doubt

How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

By Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway

Merchants of Doubt (2011) examines some of the world’s major scientific debates on topics including the environment, smoking and nuclear weapons. These blinks will explain how a handful of extremely vocal scientists have heavily misrepresented these issues through the mainstream media, often with the goal of aiding corporate and industry interests.

  • Anyone interested in politics, the media and public opinion
  • Journalists, activists and anyone with a social conscience

Naomi Oreskes teaches at Harvard University where she specializes in the history of science. She has previously spent 15 years as a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, and is also respected authority on geophysics and global warming.

Erik M. Conway is a historian and author, and currently works at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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