After four decades of assuming that the conquest of all infectous diseases was imminent, people on all continents now find themselves besieged by AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera that defies chlorine water treatment, and exotic viruses that can kill in a matter of hours. Based on extensive interviews with leading experts in virology, molecular biology, disease ecology and medicine, as well as field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Western Euope, Central America and the United States, The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of northen Zaire on a harrowing, fifty year journey through our battles with the microbes, and tells us what must be done to prevent the coming plague.
Arguing that a 'new atheism', driven largely by Darwinianobjections to God's existence, has limited debate to a scientificframework, The Atheist's Primer reinstates the importance ofphilosophy in the debate about God's existence and in so doingrecovers the distinguished philosophical tradition of atheism,which Dawkins and others have obscured.…
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