THE SOCIAL FUNCTION OF SCIENCE
Author(s) : J D Bernal ,
Region : World | Language : English | Product Binding : Paper Back | Page No. : 506 | Year : 2020
ISBN : 9789350026632
INR : 995
The Social Function of Science, divided into two parts, was Bernal’s attempt to ensure that science would no longer be just a protected area of intellectual inquiry, but would have as an inherent function – the improvement of life for mankind everywhere. It was a groundbreaking treatise both in exploring the scope of science and technology in fashioning public policy, with Bernal arguing that science is the chief agent of change in society, and in devising policies that would optimize the way science was organized. The sense of impending war clearly emerges. Bernal deplored the application of scientific discoveries in making war ever more destructive, while acknowledging that the majority of scientific and technical breakthroughs have their origins in military exigencies, both because of the willingness to spend money and the premium placed on novelty during wartime.
J.D. Bernal was an Irish scientist who pioneered the use of X-ray crystallography in molecular biology. He published extensively on the history of science and science and society.
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