Brian Martin: publications on scientific and technological controversies


Agricultural antibiotics

Polio vaccines and the origin of AIDS



Nuclear power

Nuclear war (including nuclear winter)

Ozone depletion


Repetition strain injury



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Brian Martin. The globalisation of scientific controversy. Globalization, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2008. Nine facets of the controversies over fluoridation, nuclear power and the origin of AIDS are examined in order to assess the relationship between globalisation and scientific controversies.

Brian Martin. Dissent and heresy in medicine: models, methods and strategies. Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 58, 2004, pp. 713-725.

Brian Martin. Behind the scenes of scientific debating. Social Epistemology, Vol. 14, Nos. 2/3, 2000, pp. 201-209.

Brian Martin. Suppression of dissent in science. Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Volume 7, edited by William R. Freudenburg and Ted I. K. Youn (Stamford, CT: JAI Press, 1999), pp. 105-135.

Brian Martin and Evelleen Richards. Scientific knowledge, controversy, and public decision-making. In Sheila Jasanoff, Gerald E. Markle, James C. Petersen and Trevor Pinch (eds.), Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995), pp. 506-526.

Brian Martin, Evelleen Richards and Pam Scott. Who's a captive? Who's a victim? Response to Collins' method talk. Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 1991, pp. 252-255.

Pam Scott, Evelleen Richards and Brian Martin. Captives of controversy the myth of the neutral social researcher in contemporary scientific controversies. Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 15, No. 4, Fall 1990, pp. 474-494. Reprinted in Townsend Letter for Doctors, No. 106, May 1992, pp. 365-374.


Agricultural antibiotics

Brian Martin. Agricultural antibiotics: features of a controversy In: Daniel Lee Kleinman, Abby J. Kinchy and Jo Handelsman (eds.), Controversies in Science and Technology: From Maize to Menopause (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), pp. 37-51.


Polio vaccines and the origin of AIDS

Brian Martin. Contested testimony in scientific disputes: the case of the origins of AIDS. The Skeptic, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2007, pp. 52-58.

Brian Martin. Investigating the origin of AIDS: some ethical dimensions. Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 29, No. 4, August 2003, pp. 253-256.

Brian Martin. The Politics of a Scientific Meeting: the Origin-of-AIDS Debate at the Royal Society. Politics and the Life Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 2, September 2001, pp. 119-130 [published 2005]. Also available in pdf.

Brian Martin. The burden of proof and the origin of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Vol. 356, 2001, pp. 939-944.

Brian Martin, Political refutation of a scientific theory: the case of polio vaccines and the origin of AIDS. Health Care Analysis, Vol. 6, 1998, pp. 175-179.

Brian Martin. Sticking a needle into science: the case of polio vaccines and the origin of AIDS. Social Studies of Science, Vol. 26, No. 2, May 1996, pp. 245-276.

Brian Martin. Polio vaccines and the origin of AIDS: the career of a threatening idea. Townsend Letter for Doctors, No. 126, January 1994, pp. 97-100.

Brian Martin. Peer review and the origin of AIDS - a case study in rejected ideas. BioScience, Vol. 43, No. 9, October 1993, pp. 624-627.



David Dingelstad, Richard Gosden, Brian Martin and Nickolas Vakas. The social construction of drug debates. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 12, 1996, pp. 1829-1838.

Brian Martin. Interest groups and social controversies. In: Feasibility Research into the Controlled Availability of Opioids. Volume 2: Background Papers (Canberra: National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, July 1991), pp. 83-86.



Brian Martin. Scientific Knowledge in Controversy: The Social Dynamics of the Fluoridation Debate (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991), 266 pages. Full text available.

Brian Martin. The sociology of the fluoridation controversy: a reexamination. Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1, 1989, pp. 59-76.

Brian Martin. Fluoridation: the Left behind? Arena, No. 89, 1989, pp. 32-38.

Brian Martin. Analyzing the fluoridation controversy: resources and structures. Social Studies of Science, Vol. 18, May 1988, pp. 331-363.

Brian Martin. Coherency of viewpoints among fluoridation partisans. Metascience, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1988, pp. 2-19.

Brian Martin. Science policy: dissent and its difficulties. Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 12, No. 1, January-March 1986, pp. 5-23.


Nuclear power

Brian Martin. Opposing nuclear power: past and present. Social Alternatives, Vol. 26, No. 2, Second Quarter 2007, pp. 43-47.

Brian Martin. Nuclear power and antiterrorism: obscuring the policy contradictions. Prometheus, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2007, pp. 19-29.

Brian Martin. Education and the environmental movement. In Tom Lovett (ed.), Radical Approaches to Adult Education: A Reader (London: Routledge, 1988), pp. 202-223.

Brian Martin. Nuclear suppression. Science and Public Policy, Vol. 13, No. 6, December 1986, pp. 312-320.

Jill Bowling, Brian Martin, Val Plumwood and Ian Watson. Strategy Against Nuclear Power. Social Alternatives, Vol. 5, No. 2, April 1986, pp. 9-16.

Brian Martin. Science policy: dissent and its difficulties. Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 12, No. 1, January-March 1986, pp. 5-23.

Brian Martin. Cracks in the Ringwood solution. Chain Reaction, No. 40, December 1984 - January 1985, pp. 32-36.

Brian Martin. The naked experts. Ecologist, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 149-157 (July-August 1982).

Brian Martin. Nuclear power and the Western Australia electricity grid. Search, Vol. 13, No. 5-6, pp. 132-136 (June-July 1982).

Brian Martin. The Australian anti-uranium movement. Alternatives: Perspectives on Society and Environment, Vol. 10, No. 4, Summer 1982, pp. 26-35. An earlier version appeared in Swedish in Natur och Samhalle, No. 2, 1980, pp. 56-70.

Brian Martin. Disruption vs organisation. Social Alternatives, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 42-43 (June 1982).

Brian Martin. Nuclear Knights (Canberra: Rupert Public Interest Movement, 1980), 88 pages. Full text available.

Hugh Saddler and Brian Martin. Australian uranium and the election. New Scientist, Vol. 76, pp. 644-645 (8 December 1977).


Nuclear war (including nuclear winter)

Brian Martin. Politics after a nuclear crisis. Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 1990, pp. 69-78.

Brian Martin. Nuclear winter: science and politics. Science and Public Policy, Vol. 15, No. 5, October 1988, pp. 321-334.

Brian Martin. Queensland versus Greenpeace: the Vega affair. Gijutsu to Ningen (Technology and Humanity), June 1988, pp. 71-79 (in Japanese).

Brian Martin. Extinction politics. SANA Update, No. 16, pp. 5-6 (May 1984); Extinction politics revisited. SANA Update, No. 21, pp. 15-16 (October 1984).

Brian Martin. Proliferation at home. Search, Vol. 15, No. 5-6, pp. 170-171 (June-July 1984).

Brian Martin. The fate of extinction arguments. Unpublished, 1983.

Brian Martin. The global health effects of nuclear war. Current Affairs Bulletin, Vol. 59, No. 7, December 1982, pp. 14-26.

Brian Martin. Critique of nuclear extinction. Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 287-300 (1982).

Brian Martin. How the peace movement should be preparing for nuclear war. Bulletin of Peace Proposals, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 149-159 (June 1982).

Brian Martin. Mobilising against nuclear war: the insufficiency of knowledge and logic. Social Alternatives, Vol. 1, nos 6-7, pp. 6-11 (June 1980).



Ozone depletion

Brian Martin. The Bias of Science (Canberra: Society for Social Responsibility in Science (A.C.T.), 1979), 100 pages. Full text available.



Brian Martin. Critics of pesticides: whistleblowing or suppression of dissent? Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 22, No. 3, July-September 1996, pp. 33-55.

Brian Martin. Pesticides, the Vietnam war and the Evatt Royal Commission. In Evatt Revisited: Interpretation of Scientific Evidence: Proceedings of a Conference which Re-examined the Findings of the Royal Commission on the Use and Effects of Chemical Agents on Australian Personnel in Vietnam (Sydney: Centre for Human Aspects of Science and Technology, University of Sydney, 1989), pp. 83-84.

Brian Martin. Agent Orange: the new controversy. Australian Society, Vol. 5, No. 11, November 1986, pp. 25-26.


Repetition strain injury

Brian Martin and Gabriele Bammer. When experts disagree. In Don Ranney, Chronic Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Workplace (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, 1996), pp. 101-113.

G. Bammer and B. Martin. Socio-political aspects of RSI. In Holger Luczak, Ahmet Çakir and Gisela Çakir (eds.), Work with Display Units 92 (Selected Proceedings of the Third International Scientific Conference on Work with Display Units, Berlin, Germany, September 1-4, 1992) (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1993), pp. 532-536.

Gabriele Bammer and Brian Martin. Repetition strain injury in Australia: medical knowledge, social movement, and de facto partisanship. Social Problems, Vol. 39, No. 3, August 1992, pp. 219-237.

Gabriele Bammer and Brian Martin. The arguments about RSI: an examination. Community Health Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1988, pp. 348-358.