Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science

Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science


New York occasions publication Review 
"[S]mart, delightful... a wonderfully interesting schooling in ethics, activism and science.”

Editors's selection, New York instances publication Review

An impassioned security of highbrow freedom and a clarion name to highbrow accountability, Galileo’s heart Finger is one American’s eye-opening tale of lifestyles within the trenches of clinical controversy. for 2 many years, historian Alice Dreger has led a lifetime of outstanding engagement, combining activist provider to sufferers of unethical scientific study with safety of scientists whose paintings has outraged id politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger bargains in Galileo’s center Finger an unforgettable imaginative and prescient of the significance of rigorous fact looking in today’s the US, the place either the loose press and loose scholarly inquiry fight lower than dire financial and political threats.

This illuminating chronicle starts off with Dreger’s personal examine into the remedy of individuals born intersex (once known as hermaphrodites). recognition of the surprising surgical and moral abuses carried out within the identify of “normalizing” intersex children’s gender identities moved Dreger to turn into an across the world famous sufferer rights’ activist. yet at the same time the intersex rights stream succeeded, Dreger started to observe how a few fellow innovative activists have been utilizing lies and private assaults to silence scientists whose info printed uncomfortable truths approximately people. In studying one such case, Dreger without warning turned the objective of simply these kind of attacks.

Troubled, she made up our minds to attempt to appreciate more—to go back and forth the rustic to ferret out the reality at the back of a variety of controversies, to procure a world view of the character and prices of those battles. Galileo’s heart Finger describes Dreger’s lengthy and harrowing trips among the 2 camps for which she felt equivalent empathy: social justice activists decided to win and researchers made up our minds to place difficult truths ahead of convenience. eventually what emerges is a lesson concerning the intertwining of justice and of truth—and a lesson of the significance of liable students and newshounds to our fragile democracy.

Booklist (starred review)
"A crusader within the mould of muckrackers from a century ago, Dreger doesn’t attempt to disguise her politics or her time table. as an alternative she advocates for switch intelligently and passionately. hugely recommended."

Kirkus (starred review)
“Let us be thankful that there are writers like Dreger who've the wits and the heart to struggle for truth.” 

Jared Diamond, writer of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The global until eventually Yesterday
“Alice Dreger may win a prize for this year’s such a lot gripping novel, with the exception of something: her tales are real, and this isn’t a unique.  Instead, it’s an exhilarating account of advanced reliable men and undesirable men, and the pursuit of justice.”

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