Why don’t scientists have more authority in government?

Never have decisions about issues such as energy, pollution, and health depended more on science. Yet never before has the role of science in such debates been more ignored, sabotaged, and undermined by politicians. In some cases, science is even treated as the enemy. Robert Crease talks about why it is important to make science more charismatic.

Robert P. Crease

Robert P. Crease uses laboratory history to examine key issues in philosophy of science, science studies, and ethics. A professor at Stony Brook University, he has written, translated and edited numerous books on the history and philosophy of science. He writes a monthly column called 'Critical Point' for Physics World, and is the co-editor-in-chief of Physics in Perspective. He recently co-authored The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty, and edited Science Policy Up Close, a collection of writing by John Marburger, former science adviser to the US president.

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