SCIENCE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Number 1, 1986. Sir Alec Merrison, ed. The Royal Society, London, 1986.
With this new journal, the Royal Society is entering the lists of organizations determined to contribute to public understanding of science and of the consequences of science.
The journal, to appear once a year, is intended to contribute to the Society's “responsibility . . . to scientists and the public . . . as expositor of the one to the other.” It has a practical objective as well: to show how “greater understanding of the concepts of science and technology can lead to better individual and corporate decision-making.” Ambitious goals indeed.
Science and Public Affairs is a collection of lectures mainly by Fellows of the Society on interesting but disparate topics ranging from the hazards of nuclear power to the marketing of technology. Only one, by Lord Sherfield, provides a view of science and...