Henry N. Pollack, 2003, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, 252 p. (Hardcover, US $28.00) ISBN: 0-521-78188-4.

Pollack's central thesis is that uncertainty—its nature, origins, and central role in science and human affairs—is misunderstood and misinterpreted on a potentially catastrophic scale. He uses as his primary example the debate over climate change, and the cynical misuse of uncertainty to advance economic or political interests.

One of the strong points of this book is the author's fusion of his extensive scientific experience and broadly based professional judgment with a keen sense of intellectual propriety and of ethics—not just scientific ethics in...

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