In “Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery” (Overlook, $28.95), N.C. State University Forestry and Environmental Resources professor Caren Cooper writes about the unbelievable contributions of everyday people – including those in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology – who participate in the scientific process, thereby challenging the traditional meaning of the word “scientist.”
One example Cooper cites involves the citizens of Flint, Michigan, who collected water samples and sent them to the University of Virginia to quantify lead levels and confront the U.S. government about the city’s public health crisis.
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