These days, science is everywhere. It pervades our whole society. Sometimes it is just a clutter of commonplace frivolities, like new fashion fabrics. Sometimes it miraculously preserves our life, like penicillin. Sometimes, like climate change, it looms over us as a portent of doom: sometimes it promises a way of escape from such a fate. Sometimes, like a nuclear warhead, it enshrouds us in political terror: sometimes, like a verification technology, it offers an antidote to such evils. How should we respond to this ambiguous and ubiquitous thing called science?
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About the Author
John Ziman FRS was a physicist who worked at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambrdige and devoted much time to the political and social dimension of modern science. He died in 2005, having written over 20 books. "Science in civil society" was left in manuscript and has been edited for publication by his widow, the physicist and educationalist Joan Solomon.