Science: Stargazer

Harvard's famed Astronomer Harlow Shapley, who has long gazed upward with Red stars in his eyes,* took a searching look about him at the state of science in a world of ideological struggle and bounced off the party line.

"Science cannot flourish under the domination of a social system," he told an interviewer before leaving for Paris to attend a conference on U.N. research laboratories. "It must be free and not warped to fit an irrelevant plan...To the extent that they are prostituting their, sciences in this direction, the Russians will be the losers." But, he added wistfully, "we shall lose some...

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