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Particle Panic!
How Popular Media and Popularized Science Feed Public Fears of Particle Accelerator Experiments
Taschenbuch von Kristine Larsen
Sprache: Englisch

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From novels and short stories to television and film, popular media has made a cottage industry of predicting the end of the world will be caused by particle accelerators. Rather than allay such fears, public pronouncements by particle scientists themselves often unwittingly fan the flames of hysteria.

This book surveys media depictions of particle accelerator physics and the perceived dangers these experiments pose. In addition, it describes the role of scientists in propagating such fears and misconceptions, offering as a conclusion ways in which the scientific community could successfully allay such misplaced fears through more effective communication strategies.

The book is aimed at the general reader interested in separating fact from fiction in the field of high-energy physics, at science educators and communicators, and, last but not least, at all scientists concerned about these issues.

About the Author

Kristine M Larsen holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is currently a professor at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, in the Geological Sciences Department. She has published a number of books, among them The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century (Springer, 2017), The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2012. Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards), The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2010), as well as Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2005) and Cosmology 101 (Greenwood Press, (2007).
From novels and short stories to television and film, popular media has made a cottage industry of predicting the end of the world will be caused by particle accelerators. Rather than allay such fears, public pronouncements by particle scientists themselves often unwittingly fan the flames of hysteria.

This book surveys media depictions of particle accelerator physics and the perceived dangers these experiments pose. In addition, it describes the role of scientists in propagating such fears and misconceptions, offering as a conclusion ways in which the scientific community could successfully allay such misplaced fears through more effective communication strategies.

The book is aimed at the general reader interested in separating fact from fiction in the field of high-energy physics, at science educators and communicators, and, last but not least, at all scientists concerned about these issues.

About the Author

Kristine M Larsen holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is currently a professor at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, in the Geological Sciences Department. She has published a number of books, among them The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century (Springer, 2017), The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2012. Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards), The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2010), as well as Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2005) and Cosmology 101 (Greenwood Press, (2007).
Über den Autor

Kristine M Larsen holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is currently a professor at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, in the Geological Sciences Department. She has published a number of books, among them The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century (Springer, 2017), The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2012. Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards), The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2010), as well as Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2005) and Cosmology 101 (Greenwood Press, (2007).

Zusammenfassung

The most complete survey to date of portrayals of particle accelerators in popular media

Demonstrates that scientists are unwittingly complicit in propagating these public fears and misconceptions

Addresses readers interested in separating fact from fiction

Includes examples from novels, short stories, television series and films

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction: Anti-science Accelerator.- A Whirlwind Tour of Particles Physics.- Angels or Demons? Stereotypes of Scientists.- The End is Nigh - Fundamental Particle Fears.- Can You Hear Me Now? Impediments to Science Communication.- Searching for Security in an Unsafe World.- Pernicious Particles - Subatomic Particles as Villains.- Specters in Space-time.- Science Communication Redux - Returning to the Collision Point.- Conclusion: Breaking the Chain (Reaction).- Appendix: Media Works.- Index.

Details
Erscheinungsjahr: 2019
Genre: Technik allg.
Rubrik: Naturwissenschaften & Technik
Medium: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 212
Reihe: Science and Fiction
ISBN-13: 9783030122058
ISBN-10: 3030122050
Sprache: Englisch
Herstellernummer: 978-3-030-12205-8
Ausstattung / Beilage: Paperback
Einband: Kartoniert / Broschiert
Autor: Larsen, Kristine
Auflage: 1st ed. 2019
Hersteller: Springer International Publishing
Springer International Publishing AG
Science and Fiction
Maße: 235 x 155 x 12 mm
Von/Mit: Kristine Larsen
Erscheinungsdatum: 15.04.2019
Gewicht: 0,33 kg
preigu-id: 115135875
Über den Autor

Kristine M Larsen holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is currently a professor at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, in the Geological Sciences Department. She has published a number of books, among them The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century (Springer, 2017), The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2012. Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards), The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who (eds. Anthony Burdge, Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen. Kitsune Press, 2010), as well as Stephen Hawking: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2005) and Cosmology 101 (Greenwood Press, (2007).

Zusammenfassung

The most complete survey to date of portrayals of particle accelerators in popular media

Demonstrates that scientists are unwittingly complicit in propagating these public fears and misconceptions

Addresses readers interested in separating fact from fiction

Includes examples from novels, short stories, television series and films

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction: Anti-science Accelerator.- A Whirlwind Tour of Particles Physics.- Angels or Demons? Stereotypes of Scientists.- The End is Nigh - Fundamental Particle Fears.- Can You Hear Me Now? Impediments to Science Communication.- Searching for Security in an Unsafe World.- Pernicious Particles - Subatomic Particles as Villains.- Specters in Space-time.- Science Communication Redux - Returning to the Collision Point.- Conclusion: Breaking the Chain (Reaction).- Appendix: Media Works.- Index.

Details
Erscheinungsjahr: 2019
Genre: Technik allg.
Rubrik: Naturwissenschaften & Technik
Medium: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 212
Reihe: Science and Fiction
ISBN-13: 9783030122058
ISBN-10: 3030122050
Sprache: Englisch
Herstellernummer: 978-3-030-12205-8
Ausstattung / Beilage: Paperback
Einband: Kartoniert / Broschiert
Autor: Larsen, Kristine
Auflage: 1st ed. 2019
Hersteller: Springer International Publishing
Springer International Publishing AG
Science and Fiction
Maße: 235 x 155 x 12 mm
Von/Mit: Kristine Larsen
Erscheinungsdatum: 15.04.2019
Gewicht: 0,33 kg
preigu-id: 115135875
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