The Public and Science
Important or not?   Relevant?  How?
‘in the care of his health and the conduct of his life, the
ordinary man…draws far less confidently on the resources
of science than he might do.  He is unavoidably ignorant of
much that is established, and reasonably suspicious of
much that he hears.  He seems to need…the clearing up
and simplifying of the science of life’ (Wells et al)
‘the public needs more than mere factual
knowledge…;and, it needs more than idealistic images of
the ‘scientific attitude’ and the ‘scientific method’.  What it
needs…is a feel for the way that the social system of
science actually works to deliver what is usually reliable
knowledge about the…world.’  (Durant)