Galileo’s Middle Finger

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New York Times Book Review 
“[S]mart, delightful… a splendidly entertaining education in ethics, activism and science.”

Editors’s Choice, New York Times Book Review

An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo’s Middle Finger is one American’s eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. For two decades, historian Alice Dreger has led a life of extraordinary engagement, combining activist service to victims of unethical medical research with defense of scientists whose work has outraged identity politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger offers in Galileo’s Middle Finger an unforgettable vision of the importance of rigorous truth seeking in today’s America, where both the free press and free scholarly inquiry struggle under dire economic and political threats.

This illuminating chronicle begins with Dreger’s own research into the treatment of people born intersex (once called hermaphrodites). Realization of the shocking surgical and ethical abuses conducted in the name of “normalizing” intersex children’s gender identities moved Dreger to become an internationally recognized patient rights’ activist. But even as the intersex rights movement succeeded, Dreger began to realize how some fellow progressive activists were employing lies and personal attacks to silence scientists whose data revealed uncomfortable truths about humans. In researching one such case, Dreger suddenly became the target of just these kinds of attacks.

Troubled, she decided to try to understand more—to travel the country to ferret out the truth behind various controversies, to obtain a global view of the nature and costs of these battles. Galileo’s Middle Finger describes Dreger’s long and harrowing journeys between the two camps for which she felt equal empathy: social justice activists determined to win and researchers determined to put hard truths before comfort. Ultimately what emerges is a lesson about the intertwining of justice and of truth—and a lesson of the importance of responsible scholars and journalists to our fragile democracy.

Booklist (starred review)
A crusader in the mold of muckrackers from a century ago, Dreger doesn’t try to hide her politics or her agenda. Instead she advocates for change intelligently and passionately. Highly recommended.”

Kirkus (starred review)
“Let us be grateful that there are writers like Dreger who have the wits and the guts to fight for truth.” 

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World until Yesterday
“Alice Dreger would win a prize for this year’s most gripping novel, except for one thing: her stories are true, and this isn’t a novel.  Instead, it’s an exciting account of complicated good guys and bad guys, and the pursuit of justice.”

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Galileo


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Author by : François Barlier
Languange Used : fr
Release Date : 2008
Publisher by : Editions L'Harmattan

Le projet européen Galileo est un enjeu majeur pour le développement économique et la sécurité de l'Europ

Galileo Un Enjeu Strat Gique Scientifique Et Technique


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Author by : Jean-Jacques Dordain
Languange Used : fr
Release Date : 2008-04-01
Publisher by : Editions L'Harmattan

Le projet européen Galileo est un enjeu majeur pour le développement économique et la sécurité de l'Europ

Galileo


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Author by : J. L. Heilbron
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-07-26
Publisher by : Oxford University Press

Heilbron takes in the landscape of culture, learning, religion, science, theology, and politics of late Renais

Essays On Galileo And The History And Philosophy Of Science


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Author by : Stillman Drake
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1999
Publisher by : University of Toronto Press

This 3 volume collection includes 80 of the 130 papers published by Drake, most on Galileo but some on medieva

Galileo


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Author by : James Reston, Jr.
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2005-01-01
Publisher by : Beard Books

A suspenseful narrative and spiritive rendition of the life of Galileo.

Galileo


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Author by : Clarice Swisher
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2001
Publisher by : Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

Examines the life and struggles of Galileo and discusses his many contributions in such areas as scientific re

Galileo


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Author by : Bertolt Brecht
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 1966
Publisher by : Grove Press

Dramatizes Galileo's conflict with the church over his assertion that the Earth revolves around the sun.

Galileo Galilei When The World Stood Still


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Author by : Atle Naess
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2006-02-23
Publisher by : Springer Science & Business Media

His biography of Galileo won the Brage Award for best Norwegian non-fiction book in 2001 The Norwegian edition

Galileo In Context


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Author by : Jürgen Renn
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2001
Publisher by : Cambridge University Press

This 2001 text explores the intellectual, cultural and social contexts that substantially shaped Galilean scie

Galileo A Very Short Introduction


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Author by : Stillman Drake
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2001-02-22
Publisher by : Oxford Paperbacks

'stimulating and very convincing.' -Theology

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