"Rather than paying tribute to Rachel Carson's manifesto
Silent Spring at 50 pays her work the compliment of
expecting and demanding that it stand up to empirical and
theoretical doubts. My respect for Carson's legacy has now been
informed, tested, and refined by authors who treated Carson as the
scientist she sought to be."
-Heidi M. Hurd, Director of the Program in Law and Philosophy,
University of Illinois.
"This book offers a much needed perspective on one of the most
misguided and overpraised books of the 20th century. However noble
her intentions, in Silent Spring, Rachel Carson provided
the impetus for a half-century of environmental policies that have
cost hundreds of millions of lives and elicited antagonism toward
many products and technologies that could have benefited the planet
and its inhabitants."
-Henry Miller, Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and
Public Policy, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"Silent Spring at 50 brings together a brilliant
collection of scholars to evaluate this founding text of modern
environmentalism. Five decades after its publication they show that
Rachel Carson got a lot of her science wrong and that her
passionate advocacy may have resulted in more harm than
-Ron Bailey, Science Correspondent, Reason