The Price of Truth: How Money Affects the Norms of Science

by David B. Resnick (Author)

Editorial Reviews

"This book makes a timely contribution to ongoing discussions of the role of
science in providing reliable information for important socio-political economic
global decisions that affect humankind's situation in the natural world....
Recommended."--J.Gough, CHOICE

Product Description
Modern science is big business. Governments, universities, and corporations have
invested billions of dollars in scientific and technological research in the
hope of obtaining power and profit. For the most part, this investment has
benefited science and society, leading to new discoveries,
inventions, disciplines, specialties, jobs, and career opportunities. However,
there is a dark side to the influx of money into science. Unbridled pursuit of
financial gain in science can undermine scientific norms, such as objectivity,
honesty, openness, respect for research participants, and
social responsibility.

In The Price of Truth, David B. Resnik examines some of the important and
difficult questions resulting from the financial and economic aspects of modern
science. How does money affect scientific research? Have scientists become
entrepreneurs bent on making money instead of investigators searching
for the truth? How does the commercialization of research affect the public's
perception of science? Can scientists prevent money from corrupting the research
enterprise? What types of rules, polices, and guidelines should scientists adopt
to prevent financial interests from adversely affecting research and the public's opinion of science?

Product Details

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 28, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195309782



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