Altering the Public Image of Science

Storm Over Biology: Essays on Science, Sentiment, and Public Policy. Bernard D. Davis. Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY, 1986. 324 pp. $22.95. "What is this, a vanity publisher?" This, according to The New York Times, was Stephen Jay Gould's response to the printing of these provocative essays. In contrast, I am grateful that Bernard Davis has seen fit to publish them in book form, as I am with each new collection of Gould's charming essays. The book consists of 44 chapters, all but one reprinted f

James Crow
Feb 8, 1987
Storm Over Biology: Essays on Science, Sentiment, and Public Policy. Bernard D. Davis. Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY, 1986. 324 pp. $22.95.

"What is this, a vanity publisher?" This, according to The New York Times, was Stephen Jay Gould's response to the printing of these provocative essays. In contrast, I am grateful that Bernard Davis has seen fit to publish them in book form, as I am with each new collection of Gould's charming essays.

The book consists of 44 chapters, all but one reprinted from earlier writings, together with newly written introductions. The individual topics are diverse: sociobiology, Marxism, molecular evolution, genetic engineering, XYY individuals, the IQ controversy, human behavioral genetics, the Asilomar Conference, Science for the People, Jim Watson, E.O. Wilson, Erwin Chargaff, Carl Sagan, Ezra Pound, Jeremy Rifkin, Sheldon Krimsky and more.

Yet there is a unifying theme— that science can be objective and suffers when it is...

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