Science in the headlines, Rae Varcoe

The Edge of Life: Controversies and Challenges in Human Health
Mike Berridge
BWB Texts, $15.00,
ISBN 9780909321339

BWB Texts is publishing a series of “Short books on big topics by great New Zealand writers” each month. They are edited by Geoff Walker and Denis Welch and so far have covered topics from politics and memoir to climate change and inequality. The difficulty facing any author of a little book on a huge subject lies in deciding the principles used to select topics for exploration and explanation. Mike Berridge, who is a research scientist at the Malaghan Institute, takes as his brief the challenges for the average reader in distinguishing between science and pseudoscience, the difficulties of integrating new knowledge and the balance between public and private good.

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