Science and society

We owe our modern lives to the scientific enterprise. That's a grand statement. But if we consider all of those areas of exploration that can be described as ‘scientific’ – the social sciences as well as the natural sciences – we can applaud those who measure and observe and count and describe their subjects precisely and as objectively as possible. The results of their endeavours have improved our health, built our bridges and cities, taken us into space, increased our food production, enhanced our institutions and communities.

Of course, there is always a downside. The atom bomb, pollution, chemical weapons and the global ...

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