Books to loan to students 4/5

18Mar10

We’re through the easier books, really – at least, the ones that I’ve found to recommend to students who are younger or who struggle, but are still interested. I expect them to dip in and out, perhaps miss the trickier sections. If I want to push them a little more, then Bill Bryson’s A Brief History of Nearly Everything is really good. Today’s suggestion is, however, a little more challenging.

I suspect many science teachers have read and enjoyed Ben Goldacre’s work. The Guardian column, blog and book all share the name Bad Science and there is a lot of overlap in terms of material. I strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in science, whether medical (as Ben is) or not. The book is certainly a good read and the newer edition has an index, which mine doesn’t. Ben has a keen interest in the use of bad maths to promote bad science and he has little patience for people and institutions who ignore science to promote their own agendas. Despite the regular claims of alternative medicine practitioners about bias he is equally scathing about drug companies or establishment figures who can’t, or won’t, do the maths if it would challenge their position.

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