Science: In Defense of Science

Spurred on by World War II, then the cold war, then Sputnik, U.S. science rose to an unprecedented level of prestige in the 1960s. Yet even as it is gaining its greatest triumphs—the moon, the green revolution, the ability to control and even change the processes of life—science and scientists have come under increasing attack. Some more reasonable critics argue that the antiscience barrage promises more good than harm for a field that has been enjoying too high a priority for too long. Science Writer Lawrence Lessing, a member of FORTUNE'S board of...

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