Our board member Martin Bauer, Professor of Social Psychology and Research Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), by many of you known for his role in the Eurobarometer Studies on societal acceptance of research and technology, has published a remarkable book on intercultural aspects, changes and stabilities of public perceptions of science within the US, France, China, Japan, and across Europe over the past few decades. The contributors to the book address the influence of cultural factors; the question of science and religion and its influence on particular developments (e.g. stem cell research); and the demarcation of science from non-science as well as issues including the ‘incommensurability’ versus ‘cognitive polyphasia’ and the cognitive (in)tolerance of different systems of knowledge.

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Martin W. Bauer, Rajesh Shukla, Nick Allum (eds.):
The Culture of Science: How the Public Relates to Science Across the Globe
Series: Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society
Routledge 2011. 472 pages.