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Why the social character of scientific knowledge makes it trustworthy Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don't? In this landmark book, Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength-and the greatest reason we can trust it. Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted. This process is not perfect-nothing ever is when humans are involved-but she draws vital lessons from cases where scientists got it wrong. Oreskes shows how consensus is a crucial indicator of when a scientific matter has been settled, and when the knowledge produced is likely to be trustworthy. Based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University, this timely and provocative book features critical responses by climate experts Ottmar Edenhofer and Martin Kowarsch, political scientist Jon Krosnick, philosopher of science Marc Lange, and science historian Susan Lindee, as well as a foreword by political theorist Stephen Macedo.Show more
Captivating BBC radio adaptations of three of Anne Tyler's bestselling novels Award-winning author Anne Tyler is loved worldwide for her fiction exploring the intricacies of marriage and domesticity. These three acclaimed books, each set in Baltimore, describe the small triumphs and tragedies of everyday American family life, as relationships are made and broken, and families come together, drift apart, hurt and heal each other. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Tracks 1 and 2) Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull attempts to keep her family together - but her anger and fierce maternal energy has damaging effects on her three children. Ladder of Years (Tracks 3 and 4) An unexpected romantic encounter in the grocery aisle is the beginning of a new adventure for homely Delia Grinstead, leading her to make a sudden, impulsive change in her life. The Amateur Marriage (Tracks 5 and 6) We follow the turbulent relationship of Michael and Pauline Anton over sixty years, from their whirlwind romance in 1941, to marriage, parenthood and beyond. Multi-layered and universal, with details that ring sharply true and characters that are both recognisable and entertaining, these three dramatisations feature a distinguished cast including Barbara Barnes, Lorelei King and Nathan Osgood. Dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Produced and directed by David Hunter Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Pearl...Barbara Barnes Narrator...Lorelei King Beck...Nathan Osgood Young Cody...Max Baldry Young Ezra...Richard Linnell Young Jenny/Jane...Eloise Webb Cody...Ben Crowe Ezra...Simon Lee Phillips Jenny...Fenella Woolgar Josiah...Matthew Watson Harley...David Seddon Mrs Payson/Mrs Scarlatti...Joanna Brookes Ruth...Amaka Okafor Slevin...Will Howard Joe/Driver...David Seddon Priest/Driver/Dr Vincent...Paul Stonehouse Teacher/Driver...Philippa Stanton Mr Murphy...Sean Murray The Ladder of Years Delia...Nancy Crane Adrian...Ian Conningham Sam...Nathan Osgood Eliza...Jessica Turner Narrator/Woman...Barbara Barnes Rosemary/Debbie/Mother/Binky...Rhiannon Neads Skipper...David Acton Carroll/Clerk...Sam Valentine Driscoll/Ramsay/Vernon/Assistant...Mark Edel-Hunt Susie...Roslyn Hill Mr Maxwell/Nat...David Hounslow Linda/Belle...Jane Slavin Eliza...Jessica Turner Eleanor...Carol MacReady Mr Pomfret....Stephen Critchlow Noah...Sean McCrystal Joel...Sam Dale Rick Rack/Telephone Voice...Jude Akuwudike The Amateur Marriage Pauline/Young Pauline...Julianna Jennings Michael/George/Pagan...Tom Forrister Narrator...Barbara Barnes Mrs Anton...Pandora Colin Wanda/Lindy/Gina...Sarah Ridgeway Mrs Brunek/Mrs Serge/Mrs Barclay/Donna/Marilyn...Sanchia McCormack Katie/Karen...Maeve Bluebell Wells Mrs Golka/Destiny/Karen...Chetna Pandya Mrs Kowalski/Anna/Katie...Georgie Glen Officer/Policeman...John Bowler John Piazy/Alex/Policeman/Becoming....Finlay Robertson Eustace/Dun...David Sterne Lindy...Kayla Gal George/Pagan...Finn Monteath Michael...Ian Porter Cabbie...Nicholas Murchie Pauline...Sara Stewart Pagan...Noel Brooke George...David Sturzaker Lindy...Jane Slavin Pauline...Sara StewartShow more
The five shortlisted titles for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 administered in partnership with Booktrust, containing: 'Mrs Fox' by Sarah Hall (read by Andrea Riseborough), 'Barmouth' by Lisa Blower (read by Rebekah Staton), 'Prepositions' by Lionel Shriver (read by Nancy Crane), 'Notes from the House of Spirits' by Lucy Wood (read by Hattie Morahan) and 'We Are Watching Something Terrible Happening' by Lavinia Greenlaw (read by Claire Skinner).Show more