This item appeared in the "Editor's
The Textbook Letter, July-August 1995.
Teachers who want to learn about the electromagnetic-field scare, and about the fanciful claims that have been used for promoting it, will be rewarded if they consult "Electromagnetic Fields and Power Lines," by William R. Bennett, Jr., in the July-August issue of Scientific American Science & Medicine. Bennett, a professor of engineering and physics at Yale University, provides some good lessons in science as he discredits the pseudoscience and spooky conjectures that have kept the scare alive. His writing is skillful and intelligible, and teachers will find his information helpful if they have to answer questions from anxious students who have encountered hearsay or bogus "news" items about effects of electromagnetic fields on health.
William J. Bennetta is a professional editor, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the president of The Textbook League, and the editor of The Textbook Letter. He writes often about the propagation of quackery, false "science" and false "history" in schoolbooks.
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