If we want science to play a truly relevant social role, we must take the opposite path and respond with science to the questions and problems of individuals and society. We must treat is as a tool, not as the protagonist.
After the appearance in the 1940s of the first computers that could manage complex calculations, Alan Turing and other computation scientists asked whether someday machines would be able to think similarly to humans.
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A few days ago, the writer of a radio programme wrote to me asking if I would like to comment on a scientific
I vividly remember a conversation about the importance of basic science at Harvard University with chemistry Nobel laureate Walter Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert stressed the importance of doing research in order to