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Название: Battleground: science and technology. Volume 1 and 2
Авторы: Restivo S., Denton P.H.
This is the seventh in the publisher’s Battleground series exploring today’s controversial topics. The editors of this entry approach science and technology as they relate to culture and society. However, “science and technology” is a much broader subject than those treated in other Battleground titles, and that makes the coverage here seem less focused. Topics range from the really broad, such as Social sciences, to the very specific, such as Green building design. In between are subjects as varied as Censorship, Coal, and Healing touch. The contributors have a range of backgrounds and experience, some not directly related to their topics. Some of their contributions are philosophic discussions of the assigned topics, while others give more prosaic accounts of the history of their topics and the pros and cons. There is a good index, and cross-references are provided for each entry. Each entry also includes a selection of further readings, the currency of which varies. The reading level varies from article to article as well, but overall this would probably be best suited for a college-level audience looking for brief introductions. It’s hard to know how libraries will use this title, since the treatment is so broad that it is likely to be overlooked by a patron doing research on a specific topic